Swansea

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Liberty Stadium

03/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

West Ham

V

Liberty Stadium

03/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Swansea City will attempt to drag West Ham United into a relegation battle when the two teams meet at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

Last time: West Ham ran out 1-0 winners when the two teams met at the London Stadium earlier this season, with Diafra Sakho netting in the 90th minute for the home side.

This time: Swansea are 13/8 to collect all three points with West Ham at 39/19 and the draw available at 57/25.

You might remember: West Ham recorded a 4-1 win over Swansea when the Hammers last travelled to the Liberty Stadium in December 2016. It was the London club’s first victory away to Swansea since April 1983.

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Jordan Ayew could be joined in the Swansea City attack by his brother Andre for this Premier League game against West Ham

West Ham will attempt to post their fourth straight Premier League win over Swansea when they travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, the Hammers recorded a 4-1 victory in the corresponding match last term, and have since beaten the Welsh club 1-0 on two separate occasions in London.

Swansea have not actually overcome West Ham at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League since August 2012, but Carlos Carvalhal’s side have won their last three league fixtures on home soil. The Swans are 13/8 to collect all three points as the Welsh team continue their battle to escape the relegation zone.

Carvalhal’s side suffered a setback last weekend when they lost 4-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion, with that defeat leaving them in 18th position in the table on 27 points. That said, the Swans are only one point from 17th placed Crystal Palace, and have beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley in their last three Premier League fixtures on home soil. There is no question that the team has improved since Carvalhal replaced Paul Clement as head coach.

West Ham are 39/19 to triumph as the Hammers look to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend. David Moyes’ side are by no means safe from the threat of relegation as just three points separates them from the relegation zone.

The London club, who are 13th in the table, have only won two of their 15 Premier League away matches this season, while only Stoke City have conceded more league goals than the Hammers during the 2017-18 campaign. Moyes will hope that West Ham’s recent impressive run against Swansea will carry some weight heading into this match.

The draw is available at 57/25, and it is worth nothing that West Ham have already picked up five away Premier League draws this season. That said, Swansea have only shared the points on two occasions at the Liberty Stadium this term. Draws are no good to either of these teams at this stage of the campaign, but there is every chance that the desperation to avoid defeat will serve up a tense and cagey affair in Wales.

Andre Ayew is 13/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Ghana international can be backed at 18/1 to score two or more goals during the 90 minutes. Ayew left West Ham to re-join Swansea during the January transfer window, and there is no question that the 28-year-old, who was left out against Brighton, will be fired up to take on his former club in this match.

Javier Hernandez is 11/2 to break the deadlock, while the Mexican can be backed at 40/17 to net at any point during the 90 minutes. It was a surprise when the former Manchester United forward was left out of the XI against Liverpool, but he has managed three Premier League goals in his last five appearances for West Ham.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The first goalscorer market, which has plenty of value in this match. Aside from the striking options, Manuel Lanzini can be backed at 8/1 for West Ham, while Alfie Mawson is at 20/1 for the home side.

2

We fancy:

Swansea to win with both teams on the scoresheet, which is available at 23/5. It promises to be a tight match at the Liberty Stadium, but the home side’s recent impressive form in Wales could see them collect all the points.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

West Ham recorded a 4-1 win when they last travelled to the Liberty Stadium in December 2016. The Hammers can be backed as high as 100/1 to repeat that scoreline this weekend.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.