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Captain Garry Monk is set for a first appearance of the season in the game.

The defender is likely to return from a niggling foot problem, and his availability is a welcome boost for manager Brendan Rodgers, who is faced with a defensive crisis.

Monk and Ashley Williams are the only fit centre-halves that Rodgers can call upon, with Alan Tate (broken leg) and Steven Caulker (knee) injured and deadline-day signings Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche unable to join the club after FIFA denied them international clearance.

Midfielder Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and striker Craig Beattie (ankle) are also out. The former's absence meaning Joe Allen will keep his place in midfield, with Wayne Routledge set to return to the side after missing the defeat at Arsenal.

Zoltan Gera will miss West Brom after suffering a recurrence of his ankle injury.

Fellow midfielder Chris Brunt faces a late fitness test as he continues to recover from a knee injury picked up in training.

Gabriel Tamas begins a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the FA so Craig Dawson is expected to step in alongside Jonas Olsson at the heart of the defence.

The Baggies go into the game on the back of their securing their first points of the season at Norwich last time out.

Swansea (from): Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Bodde, Britton, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer, Dobbie, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Moreira, Ranel, Allen, Tremmel, Gower, Richards.

West Brom (from): Bednar, Brunt, Cox, Dorrans, Fortune, Foster, Fulop, Jara, B Jones, Long, McAuley, Morrison, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, J Olsson, Reid, Scharner, Shorey, Dawson, Thomas, Tchoyi, Daniels.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City Live
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City
So'ton v Stoke
S'land v Arsenal
W Brom v C Palace
17:30
Swansea v Leicester
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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