West Ham v Swansea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 26, 2017
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham welcome Swansea City to the London Stadium on Saturday, before the Premier League breaks once again for an international week. Both sides are looking to bounce back after suffering defeats at the weekend.
Swansea have only managed to beat West Ham twice during the Premier League era. The Hammers won both of the meetings between the teams last season, including a 4-1 drubbing at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day. Cheikhou Kouyate scored the only goal of the game in the return in April.
Michail Antonio’s a doubt for West Ham after a groin strain on Saturday, in a huge blow for Slaven Bilic. Pedro Obiang’s also likely to miss out, while James Collins is definitely out with an ankle injury. The Hammers boss could start Andy Carroll up top with Javier Hernandez out wide, despite saying it’s “almost impossible” to play the pair together last week.
After undergoing knee surgery in June, Ki Sung-yueng is nearing a return for Swansea, although Saturday’s game may come too soon for the South Korean midfielder. Kyle Bartley continues to miss out after his own knee surgery, while Renato Sanches should return the starting lineup after only appearing as a late substitute at the weekend.
West Ham v Swansea Preview and Predictions
With the international hiatus on the horizon, both these teams are looking for a positive result to take into the break. West Ham were beaten by Spurs at home on Saturday, while Watford took all three points from the Liberty. Slaven Bilic and Paul Clement will both sleep easier if they can pick up the win.
It’s been a topsy turvy start to the season for the Hammers, and just when things seemed to be improving they went and lost to rivals Spurs at home. Throw in the injury to Antonio and it was a nightmare afternoon for the under pressure Bilic. Irons fans will be dismayed to see their team in the relegation zone at this stage of the season, although a win on Saturday would catapult them up towards mid-table.
You can never read too much into early season tables, but Clement will want to avoid his Swans getting dragged down into another relegation dogfight. Early points are crucial in the Premier League, and there are teams below Swansea that are expected to start winning more games soon.
West Ham start this one as favourites in the betting at evens, while the visitors are priced at 7/2. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 13/5.
West Ham to win and both teams to score at 10/3
The Hammers have conceded 13 goals already this season, so this is a decent way to improve your odds on a home win.
Swansea to win 4-1 at 150/1
This one’s a pretty big punt, but the Swans did record a 4-1 victory in the penultimate game at Upton Park. West Ham are 40/1 to record the same scoreline, as they did last season at the Liberty.