Odds: Swansea 3/4, Draw 14/5, West Ham 9/2
Last season 3-0
Swansea managed to get things back on track with their home form with a 4-0 win last weekend at Sunderland, ending a period that stretched back to March where they hadn’t won a home game in the league, whilst West Ham’s stuttering start to the season continued after they were beaten 3-1 at home by Manchester City. Swansea currently have ten points from eight games, whilst West Ham have taken eight points from the same games.
West Ham are likely to be still without defender James Collins for the trip to South Wales whilst Andy Carroll is still a couple of weeks away from achieving full fitness. Swansea could welcome back their captain Ashley Williams whilst fellow defender Ben Davies is unlikely to play a part with no real timescale put on his recovery from an ankle injury.
Ben Davies, Michu and Wilfried Bony are Swansea’s top scorers in the league with two goals each.
Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison are West Ham’s top sccorers in the league with two goals each.
Swansea’s last six: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2
West Ham’s last six: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 4
Swansea’s home form: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Goals For 8, Goals Against 8
West Ham’s away form: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 1, Goals For 3, Goals Against 1
Swansea had 64% possession in their last match, a 4-0 home win over Sunderland
West Ham had 38% possession in their last match, a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City
Five players to watch
Jonathan De Guzman
He made an impressive return to the side against Swansea and in a tough midfield bottle, will he be able to come out on top again?
The England under-21 international has made a fine start to the season and has shown just how good a prospect he is. Will his talent prevail again in South Wales?
Cole was re-signed by Sam Allardyce in time for their last game against Manchester City but the striker never got on. Will the West Ham boss give Cole a chance to shine here?
It’s thought that Williams is a massive character and presence at the heart of the Swans defence, so with him potentially returning to the side, it would be interesting to see if there is a difference with the way they operate as a unit.
The striker has shown flashes of being a really good buy, but as is expected he is going to take a little while to put a good run of form together. Having scored from the spot last week, can he use that as a springboard against the Hammers?
Last time they met
West Ham 1-0 Swansea – Premier League February 2013
Andy Carroll scored for the Hammers on his first start for three months with a header from a Mark Noble corner. The result meant that West Ham’s solid season continued as they looked to consolidate their position in the top flight on their return, whilst Swansea still maintained their position solidly in the top half of the league.
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