Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson predicts Swansea City v West Ham United

Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Swansea City and West Ham United.

Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson has predicted this afternoon’s Premier League clash between Swansea City and West Ham United to end in a draw.

The Swans and the Hammers will confront each other at the Liberty Stadium with both sides looking to return to winning ways in the league.

Heading into today’s game, Garry Monk’s Swansea find themselves ninth in the Premier League table with 29 points from 20 matches.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham are seventh in the standings with 32 points, just four points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

It promises to be a competitive match and is tough to call, and former Liverpool star Lawrenson believes that it will end in a 1-1 draw.

“Wilfried Bony is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast but Manchester City's interest in signing him might mean that being without him is the future for Swansea anyway,” the 57-year-old told BBC Sport.

“Swansea’s back-up striker Bafetimbi Gomis strikes me as the sort of player who needs a lot of chances to put one away but I am sure manager Garry Monk will be happy to have £30m or so to spend if Bony does leave.

“West Ham had a wobble or two over Christmas but they will be disappointed to be taken to a replay by Everton after getting so close to a victory at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

“There are only three points and two places between these sides in the Premier League and I am expecting things to be just as close on the pitch.”

Playing at home will perhaps given Swansea an advantage, but the game at the Liberty Stadium is indeed tough to call.

West Ham have been struggling for points and results of late, and are not exactly looking great. However, the Hammers do have some quality players who can step up their game.

One suspects that a single goal could decide the outcome of the game.

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