Date:Monday March 15 2010
Tuesday 16 March 2010
Swansea City will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. The Championship's meanest defence faces the division's strongest attack in a crucial encounter at the Liberty Stadium.
West Brom occupy second place and have accumulated sixty-nine points from their thirty-six games, two places and nine points above the Swans.
Craig Beattie believes second place is well within our grasp. He told the official site: 'It's a massive game for us, we want to win and put them under a bit of pressure for that second place. There are still a lot of points to play for and second place is a target we've got to aim for.'
'We're trying to cement a play-off place at the minute because we know how difficult the league is. But if we win on Tuesday night it'll set tongues wagging about reaching second place.'
Graham Dorrans, my away player to watch, has been speaking to West Brom's official site. He said: 'We'll rest up and prepare well for tomorrow. It's a tough place to go but hopefully we can go there and get a good result. A lot of teams have gone there and lost or dropped points so if we can go there and win the game it would be a great statement.
'Hopefully, we can do that - and we've certainly got the players to do it. We know it'll be a tough game but I'm sure we'll match them.'
Gorka Pintado is back in contention after a four-game ban. Garry Monk and Nathan Dyer will return to the squad after recent injuries but Ferrie Bodde (knee), Andrea Orlandi (hamstring), Joe Allen (knee), Jordi Lopez (ankle), Fede Bessone (calf) and Albert Serran (hamstring) are still out.
The tireless midfielder has had a fantastic season under Paulo Sousa and is expected to make his 150th appearance for the club. Pratley is Swansea's top goalscorer this season with six goals. The 25-year-old enjoys the big occasion and I would not be surprised if he got on the scoresheet.
Roman Bednar (thigh), Steven Reid (groin) and Jerome Thomas (hamstring) are sidelined but there is some good news for Roberto Di Matteo. Ishmael Miller should play some part after receiving treatment on his hamstring and Luke Moore is recovering from illness.
The Scotland international is regarded as one of the best players outside the Premier League. The midfielder has started thirty-nine times this season and scored fourteen goals. Dorrans joined West Brom from Scottish First Division side Livingston in 2008 for £100,000.
Swansea City: WWLWD
West Bromwich Albion: LWLWW
Swansea have scored the least number of goals in the Championship (thirty-one), forty less than their opponents.
No club has done the double over West Brom this season, Swansea and Crystal Palace are the only teams who still could. Craig Beattie was the match-winner when the two teams met at The Hawthorns back in October.
Draw game. The Baggies boast an impressive away record this season and will be out for revenge but Paulo has made us incredibly difficult to beat, especially at home.
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Saturday 20 March 2010
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Monday March 15 2010
Another Boost as Gorre Signs Extension (Monday July 6 2015)
Later Kick Off For Season Opener at Chelsea (Friday July 3 2015)
74% of Swans Say Get Britton a Coaching Role (Thursday July 2 2015)
What Cars Do The Premiership Captains' Drive? (Thursday July 2 2015)
Monk: Eder Is Type Of Striker We've Been Looking For (Wednesday July 1 2015)
Swansea City Confirm Striker Signing (Wednesday July 1 2015)
Err.. The New Premier League Football... Ahem! (Wednesday July 1 2015)
Agent: Cigarini Could Sign Contract at Swansea City (Monday June 29 2015)
Swansea's Team A vs Team B Looks Stronger Than Ever (Sunday June 28 2015)
Portuguese Striker To Become 4th Summer Signing (Friday June 26 2015)
|20. West Ham||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Swindon Friendly Set
» WBA : 07/07/2015 16:19:01
|Martina Signing Confirmed
» Southampton : 07/07/2015 16:07:01
|Equal Opportunities For Koeman In Pre Season
» Southampton : 07/07/2015 16:02:01
|Ranieri Would Like To Talk
» Leicester City : 07/07/2015 15:33:00
|Phillips On Pre Season Return
» Leicester City : 07/07/2015 15:19:00