Today West Ham host Swansea at Upton Park. Last time the two team met it was a 3-0 win to the Swans. The stats seem to be with both teams today with the Hammers going into this match without a loss in their last five home league games against Swansea. However at the same time Swansea are unbeaten in seven Premier League games which is their longest unbeaten run in the top flight. Since the two teams last met a lot has changed.
For the away side they have recently sold Danny Graham to Sunderland, a player who scored against West Ham in August. This is a player that I personally would have liked to have seen at West Ham even though we have bought in many striking reinforcements during the latest transfer window. This leaves them short on the attacking front with Michu their only real attacking option, as Michael Laudrup also claimed. Michu had also just started to score in the Premier League following a move from the Spanish League when the sides met in August. His goals have dried up somewhat as of late and hopefully that will continue in today’s game.
West Ham have strengthened during the January window also with players like Joe Cole and Chamakh being bought in. These two players in particular should also help out the Hammers massively in their bid to avoid relegation. Cole has already proved that by salvaging a draw against QPR with a crucial goal. Chamakh however hasn’t scored yet but with a run of games there is no reason as to why he cannot. In the QPR he nearly got his first goal only for it to be saved by Julio Cesar, who is in great form.
Now to injury problems and the two sides are both with their fair share. For Swansea they are without first choice goalkeeper Vorm who is out with a knee injury, which could be a good thing for West Ham. They are also with Augustien (ankle), Situ (Achilles) and another key player Taylor (broken leg).
For West Ham they are still without George McCartney (knee) and James Collins (hamstring). They are also without Dan Potts (concussion) after the last week’s game against Arsenal. Andy Carroll is set to return for the Hammers after featuring in the game against Fulham midweek. Although not 100% fit he could still feature for a large part of the game. Wellington Paulista is also in the squad for today’s game.
Likely line up (4-2-3-1): Jussi, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, O’Brien, Diame, Noble, Jarvis, Nolan, J.Cole and Carroll.
My Prediction: 2-1 to the Hammers