Swansea vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be targeting a return to form and a first ever win at the Liberty Stadium as they take on Swansea City on Saturday.

The hosts earned a late point at Queens Park Rangers in their last game despite going down to 10 men, with Wilfried Bony scoring their equaliser. It will be interesting to see how they cope without the Ivorian, who not only is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but now looks set to join Manchester City.

This game will provide the opportunity for summer recruit Bafetimbi Gomis to prove himself at the Welsh club, having seen limited action since moving from Lyon. As for the club as a whole, they can move level on points with their opponents with a victory.

It has not quite happened for West Ham since Christmas, taking one point from their last three Premier League outings and being forced into an FA Cup replay by Everton on Tuesday by a goal in the dying stages, after looking in control for most the encounter.

But Sam Allardyce’s side still look strong as an attacking force, with top scorer Diafra Sakho and the energetic Enner Valencia proving a handful to opposition defences, while it was Andy Carroll who tormented Swansea the most with two goals when the teams met in December.

Ki Sung-Yueng joins Bony on being out for Swansea through international duty. Jonjo Shelvey is suspended, but on-loan striker Nelson Oliveira could make his debut.

Sakho is absent here for West Ham due to an injury, but Cheikou Kouyate has made the trip to represent Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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