West Ham vs Swansea by Luke
West Ham actually couldn't do much more in their 3:0 defeat on Wednesday evening when the team visited Arsenal and stood defeated, without every getting into the match in a competitive way. Truth to be told, the result was a goalless draw till 58th minute, when the Gunners upped their tempo and reach the victory easily.
Players of West Ham were forced to defend, just threatening couple of times in the second halftime, while the hosts sealed the victory thanks to goals from Ozil, Walcott and Giroud. This was fifth consecutive defeat for the Hammers, also seventh consecutive game without a three pointer which last time happened early in February. The side is now at fifteenth position with just five points less than Swansea and a victory here would mean so much to them.
Michail Antonio was forced off at the halftime agains the Gunners and probably will not be risked here. Diafra Sakho returned after months and could be option here, while left back Aaron Cresswell failed to recover on time from thigh injury and probably won't be risked here for all ninety minutes. Central defenders Winston Reid (26/2) and Angelo Ogbonna (19/0) are injured, same as defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang (22/1).
Swansea, on the other side, had a positive result for the most of the match on Wednesday evening, but still suffered 1:3 defeat at home against Tottenham. The Swans took the lead in eleventh minute with a goal from Routledge and were defending more and more as the time was passing.
At first, players of Tottenham just had a lot of possession, but started being more and more concrete in the second. All the effort paid off to them in last minutes of the match, since Alli leveled up the result in 88th, but also Heung-Min and Eriksen brought them all three points with goals inside the additional time. Swansea is now without a victory in last four matches, being third from the bottom and with two points less than safely placed West Ham - surely aiming a victory here as nothing else makes a lot of difference to them.
Forward Fernando Llorente remains a doubt here, but with chances to play after missing previous two games. Injured remain right full back Angel Rangel (18/1) and midfielders Nathan Dyer (8/0) and Leon Britton (11/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of West Ham's last 11 games (Premier League).
With both teams aiming a three pointer here, I can definitely see this match being very open minded and attacking from both ends. West Ham is known for their different performance and approach in two halftimes and it's something that can boost the chances of goals being scored here. Both teams look just terrible at the back.