Premier League: Swansea City v West Ham Preview

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Swansea City v West Ham

Saturday, Mar 03 – 15:00

Swansea recovered from their 4-1 defeat to Brighton last weekend, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in their midweek FA Cup replay. The Swans could’ve done without the extra game, but Carlos Carvalhal opted to field a strong side against Wednesday, with regular starters Nathan Dyer and Jordan Ayew impressing for the home side. Ayew has now netted nine goals for the Swans this season, and is likely to feature in Carvalhal’s starting XI tomorrow. Swansea head into the match 18th on the leaderboard, three-points could see them jump to 14th.

West Ham suffered a 4-1 loss at Anfield in their last league match, with manager David Moyes admitting that his team could not compete with an in form Liverpool. Having enjoyed an impressive five game unbeaten run in January, the Hammers have experienced some ups and downs in February, beating Watford, but suffering heavy losses to both Brighton and Liverpool. West Ham head into tomorrow’s game 13th in the Premier League table, taking 30 points from their 28 matches this season.

What the stats tell us:

  • Swansea have lost each of their last three games against the Hammers in the Premier League, following a 4-1 victory in May 2016.
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last four visits to the Liberty Stadium in the top-flight since losing their first game their in 2012 (0-3).
  • The Swans have won each of their last three matches at home in the Premier League – the last time they won four consecutive games at the Liberty was back in May 2016.
  • Swansea were defeated 4-1 by Brighton in their last league game – they haven’t lost back-to-back matches since Paul Clement departed in December.
  • West Ham have seen 52 goals away from home in the Premier League this season (F19 A33) – only Liverpool have experienced more (53).
  • The Hammers have won each of their two away matches in the Premier League by a three goal margin – beating Stoke 3-0 and Huddersfield 4-1.
  • Since Carlos Carvalhal took over as manager Swansea have scored 10 goals in eight Premier League matches – one fewer than their previous 20 games (11).
  • Swansea have only scored 33% of their goals in the Premier League this season in the first-half of matches.
  • West Ham have found the back of the net in each of their last 11 matches in the Premier League – the second longest run in the competition.
  • Andre Ayew has scored two goals over the last four fixtures between these two clubs in the Premier League – one for Swansea and one for West Ham.

Having suffered a huge set back in their last league game against Brighton, Swansea will be hoping to get back to winning ways tomorrow. Carlos Carvalhal took a risk by not rotating his squad in the midweek FA Cup fixture, and taking on a high-energy West Ham side will be a real test of his player’s fitness. The Hammers have been inconsistent in February, but their goalscoring record has remained stable, particularly away from home. Our tip: West Ham to win either half.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta