West Brom hoping to sink Swans and continue Pulis’ improvements
Swansea City, 11/5 with Coral to triumph on their travels, can sweep into The Hawthorns with confidence, having won five of their last six clashes with West Bromwich Albion.
Garry Monk’s men, who now sit comfortably in ninth place in the Premier League, after initially flying high at the start of the season, have also emerged victorious on three of their past four visits to that ground.
In a boost for the Baggies, however, Swansea have stumbled on on the road several times this season and are most vulnerable when away from the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans have, in fact, won just four of their 14 away adventures this campaign, whilst West Brom have shown a recent resurgence on home turf under Tony Pulis.
Albion, 11/8 to take all three points, have triumphed on two of their three outings in front of The Hawthorns faithful since escape artist Pulis took over the reins.
The battling Baggies are currently on an upward curve, and will be keen to build on their morale boosting comeback against Burnley.
A draw from their clash with the Clarets last time out was seen as a success, whilst Swansea will have been disappointed to split the spoils with Sunderland.
With these two teams failing to find a cutting edge in attack of late, and with just one win apiece on their last four duels, Albion and the Swans are great value at 9/4 to end the game on even terms.
If the Baggies are to beat the drop, their promising home form under Pulis must continue, with significant improvement on their meagre 22 Premier League goal haul needed.
Record signing Brown Ideye came off the bench last time out to grab the equaliser and finally looks like he may start to pay off his £10m pricetag.
Speaking after his game-changing antics, the Nigeria international said: “Since I came here I haven’t been that Brown Ideye that people know and I feel bad about it.
“I should be on top of my game but it’s not possible for you to be on top of your game when you’re sitting on the bench. I just have to keep pushing on, even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes in the game. I have to prove myself.”
With starting striker and compatriot Victor Anichebe (7/4 to net anytime) a doubt after suffering a groin injury, Ideye could find himself catapulted into the starting XI over out-of-favour forward Saido Berahino (5/1 to score last).
Swansea are not without their own attacking threats, however, but will sorely miss suspended Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Inspirational midfield anchor Ki Sung-Yeung, joint-top Swans scorer with Sigurdsson following Wilfried Bony’s departure, found the target last time out and is 6/1 to bag another goal anytime. Meanwhile, wily wideman Nathan Dyer is 9/1 to help shoulder the goal burden and fire home first.