West Brom vs Swansea: Steve Bruce on what to expect from Saturday’s game and Tom Rogic’s debut

The West Bromwich Albion boss spoke to the media on Friday ahead of their game against Swansea City.

Steve Bruce believes he knows what his West Bromwich Albion side should expect on Saturday when they welcome Swansea City to the Hawthorns.

The Baggies have won just one of their opening 10 Championship games this season and sit 21st in the table - one place above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Albion go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Norwich City on September 17 and are without a win in their last five.

Swansea are five places above West Brom in the Championship and won their last fixture 3-0 against Hull City before the international break.

Despite this weekend’s opponents being above the Baggies, Bruce is adamant he knows what to expect from Russell Martin’s team.

“We’ve seen a lot of Swansea City and we know how they’ll try and play at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon,” he said in his pre-match press conference via the club’s official website.

“Under Russell Martin they’ll play a possession-based style of football and that will mean that we’ll have to try and be patient at times.

“However, we’re at home and the onus is on us to go and stamp our authority on the game.

“We’ve played well at home for the majority of games so far this season with a couple of exceptions.

“It’s an important game for us and one we really want to win.”

Albion signed Australian international Tom Rogic on a free transfer on September 12 and Bruce has revealed the midfielder is set to make his debut against Swansea.

“He will be involved,” Bruce said.

Tom Rogic set to play his first match since leaving Celtic after Steve Bruce confirmed he is line to make his West Brom debut on Saturday. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

“These last couple of weeks have allowed us to get plenty of intense work into him in a bid to get him as close to where we need him to be in a physical sense.

“He’s crammed a lot of work in over the last ten days.

“Having watched him over the international break in training, he’s a very, very good footballer.