Swansea v West Brom preview
Premier League newcomers Swansea will entertain West Brom on Saturday still seeking their first win of the campaign.
Last Updated: 16/09/11 6:16pm
Premier League newcomers Swansea will entertain West Brom at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday still seeking their first win of the campaign.
The Swans are also yet to score a goal in the league, an issue they will be desperate to address when they take on the Baggies.
Should the Welsh side fail to find the back of the net against Albion this weekend they will become the first team in Premier League history to draw a blank from their opening five games.
It has been a disappointing start for Brendan Rodgers' men, taking just two points from their first four encounters and losing 1-0 to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium last time out.
That string of poor results has left the Welsh side second from bottom in the early standings, with only the struggling Blackburn below them.
Roy Hodgson's West Brom have not fared much better from their opening encounters.
The Baggies suffered consecutive defeats in their first three games, having started the campaign with daunting clashes against title contenders Manchester United and Chelsea before hosting Stoke.
They were allowed some relief last weekend, however, when Peter Odemwingie's early goal sealed a 1-0 triumph against promoted Norwich at Carrow Road to hand them their first points of the season.
Hodgson's side can take comfort from their recent form on the road, having won three and lost only two of their last eight Premier League away games.
They will make the trip to Wales knowing their history against the Swans is evenly matched, with both sides having won nine of their 24 league encounters.
The last time the teams went head-to-head was in the Championship in March 2010, when the Baggies emerged triumphant at the Liberty Stadium, with Graeme Dorrans and Ishmael Miller, now at Nottingham Forest, providing the goals.
Swans captain Garry Monk is set for a first appearance of the season on Saturday, with the skipper likely to return from a niggling foot problem.
His availability is a welcome boost for manager Rodgers, who is faced with a defensive crisis.
Monk and Ashley Williams are the only fit centre-halves that Rodgers can call upon, with Alan Tate (broken leg) and Steven Caulker (knee) injured and deadline-day signings Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche unable to join the club after Fifa denied them international clearance.
Midfielder Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and striker Craig Beattie (ankle) are also out. The former's absence meaning Joe Allen will keep his place in midfield, with Wayne Routledge set to return to the side after missing the defeat at Arsenal.
West Brom newcomer Zoltan Gera will miss the trip to Wales after suffering a recurrence of his ankle injury.
Fellow midfielder Chris Brunt faces a late fitness test as he continues to recover from a knee injury picked up in training.
Possible starting XIs:
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Sinclair, Graham.
West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Dawson, Shorey, Morrison, Dorrans, Scharner, Thomas, Long, Odemwingie.