West Brom-Swansea City Preview
Five of the 20 Premier League managers who started the season have already been sacked. And Swansea City boss Paul Clement looks in real danger of becoming the sixth.
Clement's Swans (2-3-10) welcome West Bromwich Albion (2-7-6) to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with the Welsh club at the foot of the table and without a win in their last eight matches over all competitions.
And it's not just results that have been a problem for Swansea. A lack of goals has been central to their struggles this season, with Clement's side finding the back of the net just eight times in 15 league matches - the joint lowest tally in the division.
However, the beleaguered Swansea boss says his players are still behind him and are intent on lifting themselves out of trouble.
"I'm not at the end of my tether; I feel very much that this team can get out of the situation that it is in," Clement said. "We're working in a very focused manner, we just need to turn around the preparation we do in mid-week into a winning performance.
"I have enough experience to know when the dressing room is behind you and when it's not. I've experienced dressing rooms that have grown apart from their manager and that can be difficult to get back. I have no feeling like that.
"Internally, everyone's working in the same direction. If there's any pressure, talk of I'm not going to be here, it's from external sources, it's not from within. We know we're in a difficult position, but we're all working together to make it right.
West Brom have contributed to those five managerial changes with Alan Pardew taking over from Tony Pulis at the end of November.
Pulis' Baggies didn't win a league game after August - an unwanted run of 12 matches that ultimately cost Pulis his job. However, while the Baggies didn't halt that run in Pardew's first game in charge, a scoreless draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, they did show some promise.
The new manager's first act was to switch to a more attacking formation that featured three up front. Pardew says his main focus in training has been improving the team's forward play.
"We've been talking about trying to create more possibilities for scoring goals without putting ourselves at risk," Pardew said. "When you put three strikers out there, their diligence has to be of a certain level - which it was. I couldn't fault that against Palace. Their defensive diligence was spot on. But it's about the other side of the game and getting a little bit more in the final third."
Swansea have doubts over the fitness of Nathan Dyer, Sung-Yueng Ki, Ryan Blair, Wilfried Bony and Botti Biabi for this weekend.
West Brom have injury concerns over Nacer Chadli, Chris Brunt, Matthew Phillips, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry. Craig Dawson and James Morrison both remain sidelined for the Baggies with long-term knee and Achilles injuries, respectively.
Swansea have won the last three meetings with West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.
Updated December 7, 2017