Swansea look to follow up their hugely impressive 5-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on the opening day by dispatching another London side in West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium. Sam Allardyce will have different plans and look to follow up his own team’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa with a positive result away in South Wales.
The Swans have new manager Michael Laudrup in charge following the departure of Brendan Rodgers and the change seems to be positive as Laudrup’s side look extremely confident. Swansea defender Chico Flores is a fitness doubt after a groin problem and Laudrup will run the rule over the summer signing before making a decision. Kyle Bartley, a new signing from Arsenal, could replace Chico at the heart of the defence.
Ki Sung-Yeung, the club’s record signing from Celtic, will not be included in the squad, but Scott Sinclair is expected to be in the team despite advances from Manchester City over his signature. Swansea’s opening day win was their biggest in the top flight football, but they’ll face a complete different side in West Ham.
Allardyce’s side returned to the top flight with a bang and a tough win over Villa at Upton Park. The Hammers have won five of the last six meetings against the Swans, but the last time the two met in the Premier League was in 1983. Allardyce has completed the club record transfer of Wolves winger Matt Jarvis and he could make his debut against Swansea.
Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga have not had a full pre-season with West Ham and are likely to settle for a place on the bench. Jack Collison remains unavailable due to a knee injury and Allardyce could be tempted to keep the same lineup as the win over Villa, which would leave Jarvis on the bench.
West Ham’s away form is poor with just two wins in their last 37 Premier League games and Swansea will look to capitalise on that with victory at the Liberty Stadium to start the season with two wins.