Both West Ham and Swansea City will be desperately looking to build some momentum and earn their second victory of the Premier League season when the two sides meet in London on Saturday.
The pressure on Slaven Bilic’s shoulders has failed to disappear during recent weeks, with the West Ham manager’s job still hanging in the balance after picking up just one win from six league matches.
Yet Swansea City haven’t exactly got off to the best start either, sitting just a point ahead of their opponents after with a single win to their names this year, and they’ll know this is a critical must-win match.
West Ham have managed to bounce back well from three straight defeats at the start of the new season, beating Huddersfield comfortably and earning themselves a credible point at West Brom.
They came agonisingly close to pulling off a remarkable comeback against Tottenham on Saturday too, clawing back a three-goal deficit to 3-2 before running out of time, and they will take heart from this.
Swansea have endured an equally frustrating and underwhelming start to the 2017-18 season, falling to a dramatic 90th minute defeat against Watford last week after dominating for large parts of the game.
They’ll want to forget about that and keep up their impressive away form though, with the Welsh side unbeaten in three matches away from the Liberty – including a valiant away draw against Tottenham.
There’s some bad news ahead of Saturday’s clash for Slaven Bilic as it looks like forward Michail Antonio will miss out against the Swans after limping out of last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham.
Pedro Obiang, Edmilson and James Collins are also all expected to miss out through injury although Manuel Lanzini did return to training in the week and could be in line to take a place on the bench.
For the visitors, Paul Clement will be pleased that there are no fresh injury concerns from last weekend’s dramatic disappointing defeat and he could have midfielder Ki Sung-yueng back at his disposal.
Deadline day signing Renato Sanches could return to the starting line-up after being dropped last time out, whilst Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham are tipped to start together for the first time this season.
Match Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Swansea City
Whilst West Ham remain inside the Premier League’s bottom three with just the one win so far this campaign, their displays have improved since August and they had Tottenham worried last Saturday.
Andy Carroll’s return has provided the lift that the Hammers needed and, with spirits high after the way they fought back against their north London rivals, it’s the perfect time for them to be facing the Swans.
Paul Clement hasn’t managed to get his deadline day arrivals of Bony and Sanches firing just yet, leaving a severe lack of threat in attack, and West Ham should have enough to edge a tight and cagey encounter.