The Hawthorns hosts the Championship’s match of the weekend and our West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City predictions point to a tough afternoon for the division’s top dogs.
Only Leeds United are able to cling onto the Baggies coattails as Slaven Bilic’s men stretched their unbeaten run to nine games and kept the gap to third at seven points.
Not that Swansea City will simply rollover and let Albion tickle their tums. The Welsh club is unbeaten away from home, albeit with a slight recent stutter.
Four draws in the last five masks some defensive weaknesses which signal the unbeaten run might be coming to an end.
But they won at Leeds without conceding, one of three clean sheets they have kept on the road.
But is that enough for a team which hasn’t been able to buy a win in the last month?
West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City Predictions
Whatever is thrown at them, West Brom remain unfazed. Monday night’s win at Preston is a good example of that.
The injury-hit Lilywhites put in an extraordinary effort but Albion were not deterred from their pursuit of three points. Slaven Bilic thought his side dominated proceedings but managed just four shots on target from their total of 11.
Fortunately, the pressure finally told with Charlie Austin scored a last-minute penalty after Declan Rudd was adjudged to have felled Kyle Edwards.
Bilic wasted no time in praising his team. “You can’t imagine how big a result this is for us because Preston is a very difficult place to come and play.”
It maintained their grip on top spot and took them to nine unbeaten (W7, D2), a run which saw them keep four clean sheets.
Albion are the Championship’s top goalscorers with 36 so far this season. Only Leeds United kept them at bay back in October and that 1 – 0 defeat remains West Brom’s only defeat to date.
Goals haven’t been in short supply at the Hawthorns. The last seven all saw over 2.5 goals with six of them seeing over 3.5. Even when Albion wobbled with two draws, both those games saw four goals each.
Swansea City after a spell of pushing the promotion places are in a pickle, descending into freefall as a series of bad home results proves costly.
Now wins in four overall (D2, L2), but one win in seven at the Liberty (D1, L5) has seen them slip to eighth in the table, two points off the last playoff place.
In the last five games on the road, the Swans led four times only to be pegged back on each occasion. Only one game saw them win from that position; Albion are not the best team to face with that weakness, having scored the last goal in each of their most recent five home games.
Despite this, the Welsh club is unbeaten in all away games against promotion rivals (W1, D1) but were given a sharp reminder last weekend of the standards required. Fulham came to South Wales and ran out more comfortable winners than the 2 – 1 scoreline suggests.
West Brom are chasing promotion but a win in Sunday’s clash equals a 99-year-old record. From February 1920, they went 16 home games unbeaten, with the running ending in December of that year. So far, it’s 15 and counting (W10, D5) but few would bet against them completing the necessary win to equal that mark.
West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City Head to Head
The forty-three previous meetings saw Swansea City win 18 to West Bromwich Albion’s 16 with nine ending all-square.
The Baggies won last season’s corresponding fixture 3 – 0 with Brunt, Holgate and Rodriguez scoring. That win completed a league double after Albion won 2 – 1 at the Liberty Stadium in November 2018.
It’s been a home-dominated meeting in recent years with Albion unbeaten since 2013 (W3, D2) with the Welsh club not scoring more than once in those five winless matches.
West Bromwich Albion Team News
Rekeem Harper missed Friday’s training session with a toothache. Chris Brunt, however, is back for Slaven Bilic after recovering from a calf injury.
The Baggies boss has no other injury worries.
Swansea City Team News
Steve Cooper also heads into the game with better injury news. Aldo Kalulu is vying for a place on the bench after missing three months with an ankle injury.
Nathan Dyer also returns but it’s not such good news for Wayne Routledge. The former Palace man will miss the next couple of weeks with a calf strain.
West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City Betting Tips
An unbeaten away record vs the league leaders? The league leaders are obviously favourites with West Bromwich Albion sitting at 67/100 with Novibet. Surprisingly given their away form to some extent, Swansea City are 39/10 with the draw marginally more fancied at 61/20.
Can Albion repeat Monday night’s performance and keep a clean sheet? 33/20 gets you the answer of ‘yes’, an event deemed more likely than an away clean sheet which is 24/5.
Swansea are something of the draw specialists away from home, so Halftime/Fulltime X/X at 11/2 holds appeal in that respect.
While the Baggies are the stronger team overall, it’s worth remembering Swansea’s record of scoring first before the inevitable disappointment when the final whistle comes. The Swans to score first is 33/20.