WBA vs Swansea by Neuro
West Bromwich earned their first point in the new season as they visited Everton last weekend and got the goalless draw. The game was one sided, with Everton trying to get the winning goal for whole ninety minutes, while they had twenty two attempts on goal but failed to score. Guests were limited to a passive role, while their goalkeeper Forster was man of the match making many life-saving moves.
In the season opener the team got defeated narrowly 0:1 at home against Southampton, as they showed aggressive problem in first two matches. Their best scorer last season, Lukaku (scored 17 goals in 35 matches) returned to Chelsea and it's obvious the team will have to work out much more in order to overcome his absentee. They have signed veteran Nicolas Anelka who will need some more time in order to get into the right shape, while the club also added winger Scott Sinclair on loan from Manchester City ten days ago. Last Tuesday, WBA won over Newport in the first round of League Cup competition, with a comfortable 3:0 result.
Striker Anelka will be available for today's game, but the team faces up with several problems. Their first choice goalkeeper Foster has a foot injury and might be sidelined for next three months, with striker Vydra (2/0) being out with a hamstring injury. Central midfielder Thorne and offensive midfielder Gera are long term absentees.
Swansea suffered a narrow 1:0 defeat last weekend over Tottenham away from home in the second round of Premier League. Spurs entered the game much better and showed that they want victory from the first minute, but Swansea stood very well organized in the defense. Home side got the deserved victory with a goal in 58th minute from the penalty spot, while Swansea risked more in last twenty minutes but couldn't change the result.
It was the second defeat for Swansea early in the season, as they were previously defeated at home against current champions Manchester United 1:4. However, their schedule was pretty tight in first two weeks and no doubt the team has much more to show. On the bright side, they got the qualification for the group stage of Europa League, beating Romanian side Petrolul with a 6:3 aggregate result, despite a 2:1 loss in Romania last Thursday when the team used many substitute players. For today's game, coach Laudrup has no new problems, as right winger Dyer (1/0) remains sidelined, same as left back Taylor who didn't participate this season anyway.
Swansea started the season with two defeats, but they have also started the preparation period much earlier and could benefit from it against weaker sides. Hosts are having difficulties making the squad and will surely miss some of the players, especially their goalkeeper that saved them last weekend. Guests seem like worth the risk in this case, as the hosts clearly have problems scoring goals against Premiership sides.