Preview - Swansea City vs West Ham United March 03 2018

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Match Day 29
Swansea City vs. West Ham United
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City:
Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (5)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D D L W L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic and Chicharito (7)

Another big one down in Wales this Saturday as Swansea City - who are desperate to climb out of the relegation zone - tackle a West Ham side who look to avoid being dragged firmly back into it. Five places separate the sides at present, but should Swansea City come out on top, they will move level on points with the Hammers.

Swansea will likely be without the injured trio of Angel Rangel, Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches once again.

West Ham look relatively injury free, although recent acquisition Patrice Evra may miss out.

In what could prove a tight match, West Ham look to have the players more capable of creating the crucial magic moment. Marko Arnautovic in particular has looked sharp lately, whilst the return of the talented Manuel Lanzini to the squad can only be seen as a positive on the goal-scoring front.

West Ham haven't always come out on the right side of the outcome, but have averaged two goals a game in their last seven away outings. If they are able to maintain that average here, we suspect it may well be enough to see off a Swansea City side reeling from their 4-1 thrashing at Brighton last week.

Take David Moyes men to deal a hammer blow to Swansea's survival hopes by coming out on top in a close encounter.

Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 West Ham United

Harry85


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots:  9 - 7
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks:  4 - 5
Possession: 45% - 55%

Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Marko Arnautovic were all booked for a frustrated West Ham side. Swansea kept out of Martin Atkinson's notebook.

A lively opening at the Liberty. West Ham went close to taking the lead in the 6th minute through a Winston Reid header from a corner. They were however made to pay almost immediately.

Back in the starting line-up in his second spell at the club, Andre Ayew laid the ball off to Ki Sung-Yueng outside the box. The South Korean did the rest, rifling into the bottom corner to put the Swans in front.

West Ham were having plenty of the ball without making any serious in-roads, and what was looking a difficult task became all the harder in the 32nd minute. Ki turned provider this time, with his corner finding the head of Mike van der Hoorn to double the home sides advantage. Carlos Carvahal's men headed into the break two goals to the good.

Things were to get a whole lot worse for the Hammers almost immediately in the second period. Andre Ayew's effort was well saved in the 48th minute but when Andy King slotted in from the resultant corner, this one was all over.

In the 63rd minute, things started to get embarrassing for West Ham. Andre Ayew being upended in the box by Cheikhou Kouyate and younger brother Jordan Ayew firing home the resultant spot kick.

The match became a little scrappy after the fourth as West Ham, resigned to their fate sought to avoid further humiliation. They did get on the scoresheet too. Michail Antonio finishing off a free kick routine by finding the bottom corner from inside the box.

A huge result for Swansea City who move up to 13th as their resurgence gets back on track. Dropping down to 14th, it may be West Ham who are looking over their shoulders now, with their away form looking particularly concerning.

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