Premier League: West Ham v Swansea match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Upton Park
Friday 31 January 2014
After conceding an astounding 17 goals in five games, Sam Allardyce ‘out-tacticed’ Jose Mourinho on Wednesday night by securing a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge; only their second clean sheet in 11 matches. The Hammers will look to build on that much-needed defensive platform when they welcome Swansea to Upton Park on Saturday.
Despite the point gained against Chelsea, West Ham still sit in the relegation zone. They do now, however, have Andy Carroll to call upon again. Carroll made his first league start of the season against Chelsea, and Allardyce will look to goals from his striker to steer West Ham to safety.
Swansea too have a stalwart returning from injury; Nathan Dyer. Swansea’s loss of form coincided with Dyer’s ankle injury, and the winger’s introduction halfway through the second half against Fulham was the catalyst for victory. Within minutes, Dyer made the assist for Jonjo Shelvey’s opener.
The Swans travel to East London in search of their first back-to-back wins of the season, and in hope of confirmation that they have indeed turned a corner; the Swans’ midweek win against Fulham was their first in nine Premier League games.
Kick off: Saturday, 12.45pm.
Swansea 0 West Ham 0, Premier League, 27 October 2013.
West Ham 1 (Carroll) Swansea 0, Premier League, 2 February 2013.
Swansea 3 (Rangel, Michu, Graham) West Ham 0, Premier League, 25 August 2012.
Only Joe Cole (4) and Kevin Nolan (2) have scored more than one goal at Upton Park for West Ham this season.
Wilfried Bony is yet to score away from home in the Premier League for Swansea.
Swansea currently have the highest average possession (59.6 per cent) in the division. By contrast, West Ham have the third lowest (43.8 per cent).
West Ham have picked up four red cards in the Premier League this season; only Sunderland have more.
Kevin Nolan has the worst disciplinary record in the league (four yellow cards, two reds).
West Ham have kept nine clean sheets this season; only Arsenal have more (10).
West Ham to win: 2.9
Swansea to win: 2.375
TV: Match of the Day, BBC One. 10.30 PM.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food