After a better-than-expected first half of the season, West Ham have suffered a slump in their form and go into this weekend’s home game with Swansea desperate for a win. The Hammers are still seven points clear of the relegation places but have recorded just one win in 11 games and were well-beaten at Arsenal and Fulham on their most recent outings.
By contrast Swansea’s form during the last 11 games has been impressive, with the only defeat for Michael Laudrup’s team coming in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup.
After all the commotion of their Carling Cup semi-final success over Chelsea, Laudrup was pleased with the way his team played in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland during the week and the Swans will travel to Upton Park full of confidence having beaten West Ham 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium early in the season.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Swansea 3 (Rangel, Michu, Graham) West Ham 0 August, 2012
Swansea 1 (Thomas) West Ham 0 FA Cup, January, 1999
West Ham 1 (Dicks) Swansea 1 (Smith) FA Cup, January, 1999
West Ham have lost seven of their last 11 games.
Swansea have conceded just nine goals away from home this season - the only Premier League club not to have conceded double figures.
West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games at Upton Park.
Swansea have won on three of their four visits to London for Premier League games this season.
West Ham to win: 2.44
Swansea to win: 3.25
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm