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West Brom v Swansea: Match Preview

Important to keep up the momentum: Baggies boss Steve Clarke doesn't want his side's season to fizzle out (© GettyImages)
Important to keep up the momentum: Baggies boss Steve Clarke doesn't want his side's season to fizzle out (© GettyImages).

 West Brom v Swansea; Premier League, The Hawthorns; Saturday March 9; 15.00 KO

 Team News

 West Brom will welcome back captain Chris Brunt and defender Goran Popov to the fold following injury and suspension respectively.

 In-form Romelu Lukaku will also come back into the team after being ineligible to face his parent-club Chelsea last weekend. He is likely to replace Shane Long, who is a doubt with an ankle injury.

 Swansea will be without midfielder Kemy Agustien who misses out with a thigh injury while Chico Flores remains on the sidelines after rupturing ankle ligaments.

 Clarke: We’ve just got to keep going

 West Brom boss Steve Clarke has spoken of his determination to get more points on the board for the Baggies and wants his side to emulate what this weekend’s opponents Swansea have achieved this season.

 Having reached the mighty 40-point mark, all but ensuring their Premier League status for another year, the Baggies face Capital One Cup winners Swansea on Saturday hoping to get revenge on the Welsh side following a 3-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season.

 Speaking of the reverse fixture and Swansea’s fairy-tale season in general, Clarke said: "We went down there on the back of four wins and, for 30 minutes, it's the best any team has played against us.

"It is probably one of the best 30 minutes I've seen from a team in the Premier League for a number of years.

"I thought they were outstanding that night and we got a bit of a tonking. We look forward to the chance to try and put a few things right on Saturday.

"We will be looking at different things and ideas, and hope we can find a way that is a bit different to how we've played against them before.

"We've been neck and neck all season with Swansea in the league, and they also managed to put together a cup run. We had hoped we would do so this year, but didn't manage to do it.

"Hopefully that will give us a target for next year, because you have seen the sort of accolades Swansea have received.”

And Clarke has urged his side to not take their foot of the gas after reaching the 40-point safety landmark with 10 games remaining and a possible 30 points to fight for.

"We have to just focus on the job in hand. Swansea have won a domestic trophy which makes it a fantastic season for them," he added.

"If it ended tomorrow for Swansea, they could say it has been a fantastic season. If it ended for us and we finished on 40 points, I think it would be disappointing for us." 

 

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