After a fantastic result vs Tottenham I was thoroughly hoping for an even better one against Man City; sadly this was not to be. It wasn’t a bad performance but it was a true display of how different the class is at the top. It wasn’t a bad performance from West Ham but it was far from vintage.
Swansea come into this game on the back of a bitterly disappointing late draw in the Europa League.
Three points will be welcomed by both teams at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as Swansea take on West Ham, with just five league wins shared between the clubs so far this season. Last week’s 4-0 win over Sunderland was the Swans first home win in the Premier League in nine games. Swans are unbeaten in Europe but is that coming at a cost domestically? West Ham will be hoping that is the case.
West Ham’s high from beating Tottenham impressively did not last as long as Sam Allardyce would have liked. A humbling defeat at home to Manchester City will have brought fans back down to earth, and the game also highlighted their main weakness this season once more. With the club boasting the worst shooting accuracy in the league, 29.6%, posing a goal threat has been a serious issue for the Hammers. The likes of Miaga, Vaz Te and Petric haven’t filled the void of Andy Carroll, and the longer the problem goes on the more it will affect the players, who may start to a look around and question themselves who can score goals for them.
Ashley Williams will be a last minute decision after missing the last five weeks with an ankle problem. Ben Davies also has an ankle injury and will definitely sit out the clash, but Pablo Hernandez may finally be ready to feature after overcoming his hamstring problem.
Allardyce may name an unchanged side for the trip to Wales on Sunday. Carlton Cole is not yet fit enough to play, while Andy Carroll, James Collins, Alou Diarra and George McCartney are still out.
I’ve gone for a draw in my accumulator and I’ll stick with that here. 0-0, 1-1 there wont be many goals in this one.