This match is shaping up to be a must-win for both teams. West Ham United have been on a poor run of form and they are slipping closer to the relegation zone, which will be increasing the tension around the London Stadium. Their opponents on Saturday are Swansea City and they are currently the side occupying the third relegation spot. The Hammers triumphed during the last meeting as they ran out 4-1 winners at the Liberty Stadium. On that day their goals were scored by Andre Ayew, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll, while Fernando Llorente got a late consolation for the home side.
Slaven Bilic has had to deal with a lot this season, but he has done so with integrity and it is disappointing to see his future being discussed on a daily basis. They are currently five points above the bottom three and although it isn’t ideal, there are reasons for their struggles. The stadium move hasn’t gone as smoothly as was expected and the Dimitri Payet saga has had a lasting effect on the squad. This isn’t the time to speculate about the manager’s future. They need to focus on achieving safety first and that is looking far from certain at the moment.
After a good start to his managerial reign, Paul Clement has seen his side fall back into the relegation zone. They have taken only one point from their last four matches and their loss on Wednesday will weigh heavily on the squad as they were leading for the majority of the match. The Swans conceded three late goals and that could have a huge negative effect on the mentality of the players heading into the last seven matches. It is imperative that they deliver a good performance this weekend.
The Hammers have lost their last five matches, while their last Premier League win came at the beginning of February. There have been teams that have sleepwalked to relegation before in the Premier League and West Ham are quickly headed in that direction. Although they are scoring goals, they are struggling at the back and they will be nervy this weekend as one of their relegation rivals come to town.
Swansea have had a disappointing few weeks as they have lost three of their last four matches. Last weekend, they only managed to take a point from a home match against Middlesbrough and that is looking to be an even poorer result a week on.
It is difficult to see Slaven Bilic making any changes to the side that lost to Arsenal unless he is forced to. Robert Snodgrass is the only player that he may be tempted to bring in, but an unchanged team could be fielded.
Fernando Llorente was close to a return on Wednesday, but the Swans decided to play it safe and leave him out. The Spaniard is likely to start this weekend and he will pose serious problems to West Ham.
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Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio are both doubts for the weekend, but they are expected to be passed fit. Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Gokhan Tore are all set to miss out through injury.
Fernando Llorente is battling to be passed fit after struggling with an ankle injury. Leon Britton, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer are going to be unavailable through injury.
Verdict: West Ham United 1-2 Swansea City
This is an extremely difficult result to call as neither side come into the match in good form. West Ham haven’t won in a long time and they will feel the pressure at the London Stadium. They haven’t been good at home this season and it is difficult to see them taking the three points convincingly. A lot depends on how Swansea react to their disappointing loss to Tottenham. If they quickly put it behind them, they should win this weekend.