West Ham v Swansea Preview
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 30 September 2017 at 7:36am
Written by @deportivohammer
Nothing gets under my skin more than losing to Spurs. But as a club and a team we have to put this game behind us very quickly as there is no time to dwell on what might have been. I must admit that at 3 down i feared to worst, I actually felt at the time that we were going to go on and lose by a big margin. Fortunately that didn’t happen and what we did see was a little bit of a fight back and while I was disappointed we couldn´t find the final goal, it was not the hammering I feared.
So on to Swansea City who travel to the London Stadium on the back of a home defeat to high flying Watford. They have only managed to win 1 game this season and that was against Crystal Palace who everyone seems to be able to beat this year. But there is a stat that needs to be watched. They have yet to concede a goal while on their travels in the league this year. This tells me they are set up well, and organised. Not good for us. They are 15th in the league and have just the one point more than us and I fully expect them to be at the bottom of the league this year after selling their best 2 players in the summer.
Ex West ham United academy graduate Leon Britton could return to the team after a knee injury while other midfield options , rejected Renato Sanchez and Tammy Abraham are also small doubts for the game. Nathan Dyer is still recovering from an Achilles injury.
West Ham´s form does not read much better but only the 1 defeat in the last 3 games is something to cheer at least But we need to start picking up 3 points in games now and make sure that by Christmas we are not looking over our shoulder. Will Super Slav be given till then? I hope so as that will mean better results.
Good news regarding our injuries Antonio looks to have been declared fit for tomorrows game which is a real boost to the team. His pace and ability to be a goal threat will be vital in what should be an attacking team for us. Manu Lanzini will hopefully be on the bench as will Hernandez who passed a late fitness test. James Collins and Pedro Obiang will both miss this game but are not thought to be long term injuries.
Predicted Line ups :
West Ham United : Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Fonte, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Arnautovic, Ayew, Antonio and Carroll
Swansea City : Fabianski, Olsson, Mawson, Fernandez, Naughton, Clucas, Mesa, Sanches, Abraham, Ayew, and Bony
Slav has changed from a back 4 and a back 5 so many times this season its hard to keep up but I think he will try and have as many of his attacking players on the pitch as he can which means I think he will start with 4 at the back. Now I think he will play Carroll up top because he always seems to play well against Swansea plus Ayew will be wanting to do well against his old club and his younger brother. Hernandez I hope we get to see at some point but I think our top goalscorer this year will have to make do with a place on the bench for this game. I will also predict that we will go on and win this game comfortably, much like we did in the Huddersfield game with a nice easy