Lawrenson uses key stat to predict West Ham v Swansea

Mark Lawrenson believes that Swansea's poor away form will be crucial when they travel to West Ham.

Mark Lawrenson feels that West Ham United will continue their flying start to the season by beating Swansea City this weekend. 

The Hammers are currently occupying fifth spot in the Premier League table, having taken 24 points from their opening 14 games, and Lawrenson expects them to add another three points to their total this season.

The pundit feels that Swansea, who have also surpassed expectations at the start of the season, pose less of a threat on their travels meaning they will leave the Boleyn Ground empty-handed. 

"I keep thinking Swansea might go on a bit of an iffy spell but, each time, they pick up a win like they did against QPR in midweek," he said to BBC Sport

"I also thought West Ham would have buckled a bit by now, but they certainly haven't done that. The Hammers have had injuries to some of their summer signings but they have a proper squad now.

"I am going for a West Ham win here (predicts a 2-0 victory) - Swansea don't seem to have the same cutting edge away from home, and they have won only one of their first six league games on the road this season."

If West Ham are to win the fixture it is likely to increase the excitement levels around the club even further. 

Murmurings of the potential for the side to make it into Europe are becoming louder by the game, as the side show no signs of stopping their good form. 

Swansea, meanwhile, have escaped much of the focus, despite their impressive start and may feel they warrant more credit. 

The Welsh side have crept into seventh place in the table and if they are able to prove Lawrenson wrong and win in London then they will leapfrog Sam Allardyce's men in the table. 

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