West Ham vs. Swansea / Premier League – In the seventh round of Premier League we have a duel between two teams positioned in the lower part of table, where 18th-placed West Ham currently has one point fewer than 15th-positioned Swansea. Both teams managed to pass in the next round of League Cup, while after both again lost at home in the championship. Let’s add that West Ham won both their head-to-head played last year. Begins: 30.09.2017 – 16:00 CET
Right because of that the Hammers expect to win all three points from the match with the Welsh, especially as they would overtake them in the Premier League table for the first time in new season. Coach Bilic players had opened the season with three consecutive defeats and only in the fourth round they managed to win Huddersfield at home by 2-0. After that they drew away with West Bromwich and eliminated Bolton in the League Cup, which significantly raised their self-confidence ahead of duel with city rival Tottenham.
However, West Ham lost the match by 3-2 although it had a player more on the pitch in the finish of match but all they did is to reduce Tottenham’s lead of 3-0 to just one goal. True, with a bit more luck they might won one point but they didn’t and now they have to focus at this match with Swansea for which Bilic announced far more offensive tactic than it was the case against the Spurs. Regarding absences due to injuries, on the list are at the moment stopper Collins, midfielders Obiang, Lanzini and Fernandes, and forward Antonio.
Probable lineups West Ham: Hart – Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell – Ayew, Noble, Kouyate, Arnautovic– Carroll, Chicharito
Swansea won all three victories in the new season outside its stadium. It won two times in the League Cup, against MK Dons and Reading, and just once in the league when it defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 in the third round. Two remaining points were won away where it drew with Southampton and Tottenham, while at home Swansea lost all three matches, to Manchester United, Newcastle and Watford.
It is natural that such development worries coach Clement given that his team needs very much points won at home for the survival race, especially as it is very difficult to expect to Swansea continues making good results outside its stadium. On Saturday they will have a difficult away match with West Ham, which will skip from before injured stopper Bartley, midfielders Ki Sung-Yong and forward Dyer.
Probable lineups Swansea: Fabianski – van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson – Naughton, Sanches, Clucas, Carroll, Olsson – Ayew, Abraham
West Ham – Swansea PICK
Regardless that the Welsh plays much better outside their stadium this season we would nevertheless play in this match on West Ham victory, given if it loses its situation might become critical.
Pick: West Hama wins
Odds: 1.90 at interwetten (down to 1.82 can be played)