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The Hammers are better than The Swans at the moment

Last updated: December 17, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLDL
Away form: DDDLD
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

The Swans were seconds away from taking a point from their visit to The Etihad Stadium. Bafetimbi Gomis equalised in the 90th minute of the game, but in City’s next attack Yaya Toure’s shot deflected off Iheanacho and found the net. The situation for Swansea is very difficult. The 61-year-old Alan Curtis is a temporary coach at the moment and the Welsh team hasn’t won for two months.

West Ham have also felt a significant drop in their form. The Hammers are on a run of 3 consecutive draws in The Premier League. Their last victory was on 24th October 2015 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. West Ham finished their last two games with a 0-0 draw, which goes to show they now have problems in attack. The Hammers have scored only 3 goals in the last 6 Premiership matches. The same thing can be said for Swansea.

Another reason why West Ham are going to win against The Swans is Swansea have won only 1 match against The Hammers. They did it 3 years ago. West Ham have recorded 6 victories in 10 matches against the Welsh team.


Team News

Jonjo Shelvey is suffering from a calf muscle strain. The Englishman is close to returning to the pitch. He missed the last three matches for his team.

The captain of West Ham, Winston Reid, is suffering from a hamstring problem. He is expected to be fit within a month.

Moses, Lanzini, Payet and Sakho are also injured for The Hammers. Dimitri Payet is going to resume full training in February.

Portuguese forward, Eder of Swansea, is suffering from an ankle injury. However, he is mostly used as a substitute player.


Expected line-ups:

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Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Sung-Yong, Montero, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Emnes, Bartley, Dyer, Tabanau, Barrow, Angel Rangel.
Injured: Shelvey, Eder.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Kouyate, Zarate, Noble, Song, Valencia, Carroll.
Subs O’Brien, Cullen, Jelavic, Ogbonna, Randolph, Obiang, Antonio
Injured: Sakho, Payet, Moses, Lanzini, Reid.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Swansea this season West Ham this season
17 League Position 8
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (4)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
3 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (2)
3 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
0-3 to Arsenal and Leicester Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham
Ayew (6) Top scorer Payet (5)
Montero, Shelvey, Naughton (2) Assist Leader Cresswell, Payet (3)
Y28, R0 Discipline Y21, R4
7 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 5
8 Both Teams to Score Games 10
9 Over 2.5 Games 9
7 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • The last match between Swansea and West Ham at The Liberty Stadium ended with a 1-1 draw, Carroll scored just before half time. Then, in the 74th minute Mark Noble scored an own goal.
  • Swansea have won only 2 of their 8 home games this season. Their last victory was in August, when they beat Manchester United.
  • West Ham have lost only 2 away matches. Their performance away from The Boleyn Ground is excellent. They beat teams like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
  • The Swans have kept a clean sheet on only 2 occasions. So, it is very likely Swansea will concede at least one goal. Furthermore, West Ham have failed to score in only 3 matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
10/01/15 The Premier League Swansea 1-1 West Ham Carroll 43′
07/12/14 The Premier League West Ham 3-1 Swansea Bony 19′
01/02/14 The Premier League West Ham 2-0 Swansea K. Nolan 26′
27/10/13 The Premier League Swansea 0-0 West Ham
02/02/13 The Premier League West Ham 1-0 Swansea Carroll 77′