Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has issued his prediction for West Bromwich Albion’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Saturday, suggesting the Baggies will secure a 2-1 win.
After last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic, West Brom’s lead over Leeds United at the top of the Championship is just one point.
They remain six points clear of Fulham in third but Slaven Bilic’s men will be determined to get back to winning ways and ensure they can keep a firm grip on an automatic promotion place.
The Baggies travel to South Wales to face a Swansea side that will be intent on kick-starting their play-off push, having won just once in their last eight games.
They were denied three points against Blackburn Rovers by Bradley Johnson’s 92nd-minute equaliser last weekend and will know that they need to start winning soon if they’re to climb into the top six before the end of the season.
Writing for the Sky Sports website, Prutton has predicted that will not happen this week and suggested that West Brom will beat them 2-1 on Saturday.
He explained: “Swansea are one of a bunch of sides that will still fancy their chances of reaching the play-offs, but they need to get a consistent run of form going to do that, and they have won just once in eight.
“West Brom suffered a shock defeat at home to Wigan at a time where they looked to be running away with it, and another defeat would be a huge blow. I can’t see them slipping up again, though. Away win.”
That result could see the Baggies extend their lead at the top to four points and their cushion over the play-offs to nine, should results elsewhere go their way.
For Swansea, defeat could mean they slip seven points adrift of the top six with just nine games left of the season.
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It’s hard to disagree with Prutton on this one. After their defeat last weekend, West Brom will be determined to bounce back and ensure they remain top of the Championship.
Swansea are a quality side but they have not been able to provide that killer blow in games over the last few months and have lacked consistency.
It’s tough to see them overcoming a West Brom side that includes a number of top players and are first for a reason.
If they did, you feel it would be a huge confidence boost as we head into the business end of the season.