Swansea City face a tough test as they aim to continue their unbeaten away record in the Championship this campaign when they travel to face league leaders West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Cooper’s side have struggled to find consistency on home soil this term, but they have achieved an impressive run of results on the road having not lost an away league match since the 4-0 defeat to QPR back in April.
This strong run of results means Swansea are sitting in eighth place ahead of their clash with the Baggies, with their away record keeping them in play-off contention despite their overall struggles at the Liberty Stadium.
The Welsh side are now in need of a lift after failing to win any of their last four matches, but it will not be easy for them against Slaven Bilic’s side who have now won five matches on the trot.
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Freddie Woodman is the established number-one choice between the sticks following his loan switch over the summer, and he will start against Albion on Sunday while the defensive line should also remain unchanged.
This sees Mike van der Hoorn and Ben Wilmot resume their centre-back pairing, while Connor Roberts should start on the right and Kyle Naughton on the left side of defence, with the latter getting the nod ahead of Jake Bidwell following his strong recent performances.
Cooper has preferred to start with the centre-midfield pairing of Jay Fulton and Matt Grimes in recent weeks, and this should continue at The Hawthorns with the Swans boss seeming likely to opt for Fulton’s defensive traits over George Byers’ creative edge.
There could be a slight change to Swansea’s attacking set-up with Kristoffer Peterson dropping out of the side after struggling to make his mark during back-to-back starts, with this potentially seeing Nathan Dyer return to the side following injury.
Therefore, Swansea’s attacking midfield could see Dyer start on the right flank with Ayew switching to the left, while Bersant Celina should keep his position in the central attacking midfield role.
Cooper faces a selection dilemma in attack following Sam Surridge’s solid performance against Fulham last time out, but his display should see him handed his second consecutive start ahead of Borja Baston.