West Brom V Swansea at The Hawthorns : Match Preview

01 February 2016 06:34
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Saido Berahino will feature for West Brom against Swansea if fit

West Brom have reiterated Saido Berahino will not be sold on transfer deadline day.

Newcastle tabled a B#21million bid for the 22-year-old on Sunday but the Baggies' stance remains unchanged and they are not prepared to cash in on Berahino this month.

He has a dead leg ahead of Tuesday's visit of Swansea but is in the squad after scoring twice in Saturday's 2-2 FA Cup draw with Peterborough.

Berahino left the Albion training ground early on Monday afternoon after training and treatment to his injury.

Boss Tony Pulis was unavailable for media duties as he was on personal and club business and assistant head coach Dave Kemp expects the England Under-21 international to stay beyond Monday's 11pm deadline.

Kemp said: "He's still here, he's been in this morning. He's got a bit of a knock but he's in the squad for tomorrow's game. I'm expecting him to be here. The chairman deals with that side.

"It was awkward today, he has a dead leg he picked up on Saturday and came out a bit sore, he's gone home. With the media around that's probably the best thing to do.

"He's here, he's in the squad tomorrow."

Berahino made his first start since October against Peterborough at the weekend and has scored six times this term, after netting 20 last season. Their position has always been that they will not sell the forward this window.

The Baggies signed Alex Pritchard from Tottenham on loan until the end of the season earlier on Monday having captured Sandro on loan from QPR last week.

Chris Brunt (calf), James Morrison (hamstring), Callum McManaman (ankle) are out but Darren Fletcher (knee) and Ben Foster (ribs) should be fit to face Swansea.

New Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits his settling in period has been complicated by the January transfer window.

Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese coach, has spent the last two weeks in Wales, first adopting a watching brief against Watford and then moving into the dug-out at Everton eight days ago.

Swansea won both those games to enjoy back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head to West Brom on Tuesday night four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

But Guidolin, who expects to hand B#8million striker Alberto Paloschi his debut at The Hawthorns, says arriving at a new club in January has proved challenging.

"It's a new world for me and for all the teams and managers in this period it is not a good time," Guidolin said.

"Fortunately the transfer window finishes soon and I will be happy when it is finished.

"I am a new manager here and I cannot know all the characteristics of the players.

"The most important thing for me is I have the possibility to work with my players."

Swansea are chasing their first league double of the season after Alan Curtis' side beat Albion 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.

Victory would also take Swansea above the Baggies in the table on goal difference.

Guidolin's side have had the benefit of extra preparation as they were not in action last weekend as West Brom were being held in the FA Cup.

"We have a few more days than them to get ready, but it does not make much difference," Guidolin said.

"A win would be important, but right now I am very happy.

"Our position was not good but with two victories the table looks better.

"It is a difficult match against a good team, but it's important to have a balance on the pitch.

"I have some other ideas (how to play) but this is a moment when I can't change too many things."

Source: PAR

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