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 – a rather surprising stat considering the Liberty Stadium was the foundation for an impressive ninth place finish last term. The influx of goals was also a welcome for the club after scoring just six in seven previous league games. Michael Laudrup will know he has to maintain his side’s confidence in front of their own fans if he is to match his achievements last season. While Swansea remain unbeaten in the Europa League, critics are starting to point to this as the reason for their less than impressive domestic form. First back to back wins since December will be a welcome boost to Laudrup’s cause.
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.
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