West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City Betting Tips & Predictions – Wednesday 13th March 2019

West Brom fans will see how their side fare without Darren Moore who was controversially handed the axe following a draw with rock bottom Ipswich last weekend. The former Baggies defender departed the Hawthorns with a 52.8% win percentage, the highest of any permanent manager since Ossie Ardiles (1992-93).

A win for West Brom this Wednesday will help calm some of the anger the firing provoked while also putting an end to Swansea’s promotion hopes. The Swans came into this week eight points clear of the play-off places, not a gap they can afford to grow any bigger with only 11 games remaining.

Top Tips

Draw @ 13/5

Under 2.5 Goals @ evens

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West Bromwich Albion News: Jokanovic in pole position for vacancy

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After handing the sack to Darren Moore, the West Brom board are now on the hunt to find a replacement as quickly as possible. They’ve not confirmed who their number one target is but the bookies odds indicate former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic heads the shortlist. His winning play-off experience makes him an appealing option with the Baggies now out of the race for automatic promotion. Talks have been held with the Serb although the club are also reportedly keen on another play-off winner, ex-Huddersfield man David Wagner.

Swansea City News: Potter confirms McBurnie absence

Swansea City's Liberty Stadium

Swansea faced Norwich without top goalscorer Oli McBurnie after he was struck down by a late bout of illness. While the problem was a fairly minor one at first, boss Graham Potter has since revealed the symptoms have become much worse. He described the striker’s sickness as ‘big’ and added that it would make no sense to rush him back for this game. George Byers on the other hand might find himself passed fit to face West Brom The 22-year-old trained well on Monday according to his manager although he still felt a little tightness in his groin.

Birch set to become new chairman

It’s not taken Swansea too long to find a replacement for Huw Jenkins who stepped down as chairman last month. Trevor Birch is set to become the new face in charge at the club with an announcement expected later this week. The 61-year-old boasts quite the impressive CV having held a chief executive role at Everton, Leeds, Derby, Portsmouth and Sheffield United. He was also the man responsible for bringing Roman Abramovich to Chelsea back in 2003. His potential appointment will allow Swansea to begin restructuring financially, a much needed measure following their relegation from the Premier League.

Analysis: Baggies facing leaderless match

Even if the West Brom board secure a new manager before this game kicks off, they’ll have next to no time to assess their new squad. First team coach Jimmy Shan has acquired temporary control of the team but he lacks any sort of managerial experience. As a result, the promotion hopeful side may find themselves lacking direction and unable to get out of their home rut this Wednesday.

Homesickness to strike again

For a promotion chasing side, six matches without victory at home across all competitions is quite the terrible record. The mood at the Hawthorns has taken a noticeable turn in recent weeks, no longer the vibrant stadium it was earlier on in the campaign. The unpopular sacking of Moore will do nothing to lift the Baggies faithful ahead of another home test either. Swansea have been patchy of late but you have to fancy them getting something against a hopeless at home West Brom. A win will be tricky without their top goalscorer present but a draw does offer appeal at 13/5 on the back of a good showing away at Norwich on Friday.

Keepers in for a quiet night

Swansea have netted three goals in their last three matches, two of them coming courtesy of the unavailable McBurnie. There is nobody who can replace the Scot upfront and with him absent the visitors will struggle to threaten with the ball. The task of leading the line against Norwich went to the highly-rated Daniel James but he’s scored just twice in 23 Championship appearances. Goals don’t look like coming easily to the Baggies either as they’ve managed just the one strike in their last three matches. Both Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez are experiencing a mini-drought so place your money on under 2.5 goals (evens) for this one.

Recent Matches

West Brom’s victory over Swansea hands in November them the chance to complete a league double over the Welsh side. This is something the Baggies haven’t managed since the 1946-47 season, back when the two clubs were plying their trade in Division Two.

28th November 2018: Swansea City 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion

Swansea’s reward for a bright start was a goal courtesy of Oli McBurnie who hammered home a rebound 10 minutes in. While the Swans passed the ball slickly across the ground, West Brom opted for a more direct route and equalised through the head of Craig Dawson. Some more suspect set-piece defending saw the hosts fall behind as they allowed a near unmarked Ahmed Hegazi to turn the game around. Graham Potter desperately pushed his men forward in search of an equaliser but clear-cut opportunities were lacking.

7th April 2018: West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Swansea City

The appointment of Darren Moore was enough to put an end to West Brom’s run of eight straight defeats. He described his side’s performance as ‘first-class’ although this was quite the generous assessment given how drab the opening 45 minutes were. His men did improve after the break though and soon found the net through Jay Rodriguez. Moore would have been hoping for a debut win after this but poor marking from his side allowed Tammy Abraham to fire home an equaliser.

9th December 2017: Swansea City 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion

Wilfried Bony netted back to back goals in the Premier League for the first time since 2014 as he handed Swansea all three-points here. The two clubs approached the game completely out of form and it showed during a quality bereft first-half. Swansea attempted to force the issue after the interval their perseverance paid off as Bony fired through a body of players late on. It was a huge win for under-fire boss Paul Clement although his men still remained with more league losses (10) than league goals (9).

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