Swansea City play hosts to West Bromwich Albion this weekend in a game where the Swans can finally breath a sigh of relief with their Premier League safety finally confirmed.
The Swans will be hoping to thank their fans for their undying support through a difficult season with an entertaining win over West Brom.
West Brom themselves have had a solid season, spending most of it in 8th place, however since beating Arsenal in mid-March the Baggies have gone winless in eight and only picked up two points in the process.
They will looking to end their poor run of form, ruin Swansea’s survival party and claim back eighth spot with a win at the Liberty.
West Brom 3-1 Swansea City (December 2016)
In the reverse fixture this season West Brom were convincing victors thanks to a hat-trick of headers from their Colombian dynamo Solomon Rondon.
Rondon secured his hat-trick in the space of 13 second half minutes which put Bob Bradley and his team to the sword. Despite Wayne Routledge pulling a goal back for the Swans, it was a disappointing night for the Welsh side who remained in the relegation zone.
Bob Bradley was sacked within a month of this game and West Brom forward Rondon has only scored once in the league since this match back in December.
Martin Olsson vs Nacer Chadli
Swedish full-back Martin Olsson has been a revelation since joining the Swans from Norwich City in January of this year.
His marauding runs and overlapping gives Swansea an extra dimension which they were severely lacking before the left-back’s arrival.
He will come up against West Brom’s Nacer Chadli on Sunday who, despite having a brilliant start at the Hawthorns, has struggled of late finding himself uncertain of a starting spot recently.
Chadli is arguably West Brom’s most naturally gifted player but the Belgian will have his work cut out getting the better of Olsson. Chadli will have to work just as hard in defence, helping right-back Allan Nyom, as he will going forward this weekend and expect Olsson to make hard work of it.
Swansea have no fresh injury worries going into this Sunday’s game but, as many sides do on the final day, expect a few youngsters to be given minutes now the pressure is off the Swans.
Swansea could welcome back Wayne Routledge from a hernia injury but manager Paul Clement may air on the side of caution with the winger’s fitness.
Fellow wingers Nathan Dyer (Achilles) and Jefferson Montero (Hamstring) remain out.
West Brom on the other hand will be missing centre-back and serial goal threat Gareth McAuley as he struggles to shake off a knock he picked up against Chelsea last week.
Striker Solomon Rondon is also struggling but this time with a hamstring injury. However Hal Robson Kanu will be ready to deputise and could start only his sixth league game of the season.
Midfielder Matt Phillips looks set to miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring that has kept him out since mid-April.
This could turn out to be a high scoring draw but Swansea will feel they owe their fans after a miserable season and that could be the edge they need to get the win on Sunday.
West Brom’s dreadful form and lack of goal scoring threat looks like it’ll be the difference between the two teams.
Swansea can boast the potent combination of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente whereas West Brom can never be certain of their goals outside of set pieces and that will the difference on Sunday.
Swansea City 2-1 West Brom
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