West Brom v Swansea, Saturday 15:00
– West Brom fell victim to a resurgent Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, falling to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Demba Ba’s first half goal. Manager Steve Clarke praised the exceptional performance of Ben Foster in keeping the scoreline at 1-0 and he will be looking from similar performances from the rest of his players against Swansea this weekend.
– Swansea might be famed for the flowing attacking football but in Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson they will be coming up against two of the most intimidating defenders in the Premier League. Between the two of the them they have racked up an outstanding 312 defensive contributions this season.
– Striker Romelu Lukaku continues to impress whilst on loan at West Brom, admirably leading the line for Steve Clarke’s side. The teenager still has an excellent shot accuracy rate even at this stage of the season, with 68.3% of his 60 attempts testing the goalkeeper.
– Chris Brunt has clearly noted the usefulness of having a physical specimen like Lukaku playing up front for the Baggies and has delivered a squad-high 50 crosses this season, most of which were no doubt intended for the Belgian striker.
– Youssouf Mulumbu may have attempted more tackles than any other West Brom player this season (85) but he could still work harder on the accuracy of those challenges. He’s only been successful with 50.6% of them, conceding 25 fouls.
– Luke Moore’s first goal in the Premier League gave Swansea all three points in a back and forth encounter at home to Newcastle. The 1-0 win saw Swansea go to 8th in the Premier League and continued their strong run of recent form.
– Despite not registering last weekend, Michu remains the undoubted star of the Swansea attacking line this season. The Spaniard has had 74 attempts on goal this season, with one being on target once every 57.4 minutes.
– Ben Davies continues to admirably step up the to the plate after his supposedly premature call up to the first team at the beginning of the season. He currently boasts the best tackle success rate in the Swansea squad, completing 70.7% of his 59 attempted challenges.
– Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge play with very similar styles and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index rates them as performing almost identically this season. Both have made 22 dribbles and 17 crosses this season and are within one of each other for assists provided (5 & 6 respectively).
– No Swansea player has been more willing than Ashley Williams to physically impose himself on opponents this season. He leads the Swans’ squad for blocks with 36.