Two sides who have exceeded all expectations so far this season clash at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday as West Ham United take on Swansea City.
The squad depth now available to home boss Sam Allardyce has been very much in evidence over the past two games, which the Hammers have won despite the absence of key players such as Diafra Sakho, Alexandre Song and Enner Valencia.
Experienced midfielder Kevin Nolan has now returned to prominence, scoring the equaliser in the success at West Bromwich Albion in the week, while the way they held on against significant second half pressure highlighted their amazing upturn in performance levels over recent months.
Swansea also produced a superb display last time out, dominating virtually from start to finish to brush aside struggling Queens Park Rangers. Their patience was rewarded, having had to wait a long time to break the deadlock, and Garry Monk’s team appear to be shaping up nicely.
Like their opponents, the Swans will be full of confidence, and providing their biggest threat will be Wilfried Bony, who it was recently revealed came close to moving to West Ham instead of the Welsh club in the summer of 2013.
Mark Noble is likely to miss out for West Ham, but they are hopeful that Sakho, Song and Valencia can make their comebacks.
The visitors are still without the injured Federico Fernandez, while left-back Neil Taylor serves a one-match ban after receiving five yellow cards.
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