Bad omens for West Ham ahead of Swansea visit as worrying stat becomes relevant

Upton Park

The omens don't look good for West Ham United ahead of Saturday afternoon's game against Swansea City at Upton Park.

The Hammers take on the Swans in what is the penultimate game at their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

The match was originally scheduled to be the last ever at the famous old stadium but West Ham's progress in the FA Cup means the rearranged game against Manchester United now takes that honour on Tuesday night.

The sixth-placed Hammers are flying high this season and have impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places.

Slaven Bilic has reinvigorated the East Londoners and with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers are playing the 'West Ham way' once more.

The Irons have officially enjoyed their best ever season in the Premier League era and have a positive goal difference for the first time since 1986.

Bad omens 

They go into the game against the Welsh side looking to go within two points of fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of their match against Arsenal on Sunday.

But the omens don't look great for Bilic's men if you believe in statistics.

That's because number one goalkeeper Adrian is injured paving the way for the Republic of Ireland's Darren Randolph to deputise for the Spaniard.

While Randolph has been impressive every time he has played for the Hammers this season, it is a fact that he has been between the sticks for all of West Ham's three home defeats this season.

An able but unlucky deputy?

Randolph stood in for Adrian at the beginning of the season after he was sent off and the Hammers were beaten by Leicester City and Bournemouth in back-to-back matches.

He then played in last month's FA Cup quarter-final replay against the Red Devils which West Ham lost 2-1.

Should the East Londoners lose it would all but end their hopes of Champions League qualification and dent their chances of qualifying for the Europa League too with Southampton hot on their tails.

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