West Ham United will be hoping to overtake Manchester United for the final Europa League spot when they host Swansea City on Saturday evening.
The Hammers are looking good for the money after the 3-0 win away at West Brom last Saturday. A win for West Ham here will sure put them in contention for a Europa League spot if Manchester United at a 1 point distance above them, slip against relegation candidates in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Swansea will be far relaxed as they have now avoided relegation and are 13th in the table with 43 points. They are 11 points clear off the relegation zone and a point here will eliminate the slightest mathematical chances of getting relegated this season.
West Ham are on a 10 match unbeaten run in the league and are coming on the back of consecutive wins. The highlight of their recent outings has been their good scoring form and netted a minimum of 2 in each of the last 7 matches.
West Ham are a strong side at home and haven’t lost a Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground since August 2015. They are unbeaten in the last 17 matches as their two home defeats came in the first two matches at their home ground.
Swansea are coming on the back of a 3-1 win against a depleted Liverpool side last Sunday. They will take some confidence from it after bouncing back from consecutive heavy defeats at Leicester and Newcastle.
Their away form is rather poor as the Swans have failed to win in their last 4 matches, with 1 draw and 3 losses. They have also failed to score in their last two matches on the road and conceded a heavy 7 goals. Swansea have only won 3 of their 18 away games in this Premier League season so far.
West Ham: Team News
Slaven Bilic once again has the luxury of picking from a fully fit squad, as he has no players out with injuries or fitness.
At the same time Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid and Cheikhou Kouyate are at the risk of suspension, a booking here could rule them out of the crucial match against Manchester United on Tuesday.
West Ham: predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Adrian – Bryam, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell – Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini – Antonio, Caroll, Payet.
Swansea: Team News
The Swans will be without the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alberto Paloschi, Jefferson Montero and Neil Taylor in his trip to West Ham.
Leroy Fer is back to fitness and is expected to start here, while Francesco Guidolin confirmed that Ashley Williams will be rested.
Swansea: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski – Taylor, Amat, Fernandez, Rangel – Fer, Cork – Britton, Barrow, Routledge – Ayew.
West Ham vs Swansea: Head-to-Head Stats
West Ham are the far more superior side when looking at the recent meetings between the two sides and they had won in 3 and draw 3 of the last 6 meetings, after Swansea got their last win on August 2012.
And at home, West Ham are on a 4 match winning run and unbeaten in 5 league meetings, dating back to year 1982.
West Ham vs Swansea: Prediction
West Ham are a team in some serious form recently and seems good enough to brush aside anyone who come on their way. They have a good chance of making into the top four and they will want to win here before welcoming Manchester United next week.
Swansea are a relaxed side and will be playing to please the fans and they will want to avoid a defeat here. After the early slump in the season, they will be happy to have confirmed their stay in Premier League for another season.
I predict West Ham to go all out for a win here and set stage for an exciting finale to the top four race. My exact score prediction is West Ham 3-1 Swansea.
West Ham vs Swansea: Bet Tips
Best Bet: West Ham to win.
Big Money Bet: Payet to score any time.
Risky Bet: West Ham to score over 2.5 goals.