West Brom travel to Wales this weekend, to face bottom of the league Swansea, in Alan Pardew’s second game in charge.
Pardew’s first game in charge was against Crystal Palace, who were bottom of the league last week before a goalless draw with the Baggies. West Brom managed 20 shots in that game but only 6 on target, a recurring theme for one of the lowest scoring teams in the league.
Claudio Yacob could be in line to make just his second league start of the season this weekend, as Gareth Barry suffered a strained thigh muscle. The Baggies are yet to rule Barry out of Saturday’s crunch tie, but they might well choose to rest him with a congested fixture list approaching.
Yacob has become a firm fan favourite at the Hawthorns over his five years with the club, but found himself on the periphery of the team under Tony Pulis – something he will be looking to rectify by impressing new manager Alan Pardew.
Craig Dawson, James Morrison, Nacer Chadli, Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips all missed Pardew’s first game in charge. Both Phillips and Brunt could be set for a return in Saturday’s game.
Swansea are another team who could be set to part ways with their manager, although a result on Saturday would certainly boost confidence around the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans are winless in their last seven games, when they beat Huddersfield 2-0 at home in early October. During that same period they have managed just three goals, although the struggling Baggies provide the perfect opportunity to get their season back on track.
Other than Kyle Bartley, who has been injured all season, Swansea have a clean bill of health, and they will be hoping to keep it that way over what could be a very difficult month.
Neither team is doing well defensively, although neither team has looked particularly promising going forward. This could be a long 90 minutes for both sets of fans.
Match Prediction: 0-0