Match Preview: West Ham United vs Swansea City: Premier League Matchday Seven

Match Preview West Ham United

On Matchday Seven of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, we welcome Swansea City to Stratford, as pressure mounts on Slaven Bilic for a must-win clash.

We come into the tie off the back of a Derby Day defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur but have some welcome off-field boosts to boast of.

Whereas, Paul Clement’s Swans also tasted a home loss last weekend at the hands of Marco Silva’s Watford, balancing the odds perfectly for a thriller come tomorrow afternoon.

When?

The Game has a kick-off time of 3 PM, as is customary with any clash with this starting time on a Saturday, there will no TV Coverage in The UK, but both BBC Radio Five Live and TalkSport will have Live Radio Commentary of the clash.

Alternatively, if you don’t have access to either of those platforms tomorrow afternoon, you can follow our Live Blog Live from The Press Area of The London Stadium from 01:30 PM.

Where?

The tie will take place at our 66,000-seater London Stadium, a ground which we only currently have access to 57,000 seats of due to violent clashes during home games with Watford and Chelsea last season.

Since moving to Stratford in summer 2016, we have endured turbulent times as poor form and crowd disturbance has marred the stadium’s reputation.

To add to this, Bilic’s Boys were forced to play the first four games of the season away from home due to Stratford hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championship.

In their one and only visit to the stadium so far, the Welsh side were overcome 1-0 in a similar pressure game for Slaven Bilic, as Cheikhou Kouyate’s first-half strike proved to be the difference.

Team News

Slaven Bilic was delighted to confirm, in his Pre-Swansea City Presser, the return of key trio Manuel Lanzini, Edimilson Fernandes and Michail Antonio for the encounter.

Antonio had been rumoured to be missing this weekend but has recovered in time after picking up a knock against Spurs, however, the game had come too soon for James Collins and Pedro Obiang who remain sidelined.

Meanwhile, Paul Clement has skipper Leon Britton back at his disposal for The London Stadium tie, with Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham both set to return to the starting Xl, while Ki Sung-Yueng and Nathan Dyer are both still out with knee and achilles injuries respectively.

Form

The teams of West Ham United and Swansea City have met 61 times in competitive football as we have the edge of the overall record through history.

Out of those 61 meetings, our Hammers have been victorious on 28 occasions, 15 have been drawn and the Welshmen have taken all three points 18 times.

Notable meetings between the two sides in the past include our first away trip back in the Premier League in 2012, where we were thumped 3-0.

The 1983 1-5 thrashing that we recorded at The Vetch Field and who could forget last season’s superb 1-4 romp at The Liberty Stadium? Our last encounter with the Swans came in the form of the aforementioned 1-0 victory at The London Stadium last April.

The Opposition

Swansea City was formed in 1912 as Swansea Town and since then have gone on an incredible journey from League Two to the very top.

The club are ten-time winners of the Welsh Cup and gained entry to several Cup Winners’ Cups via that route, they also won the 2012/2013 League Cup with a remarkable 5-0 thrashing of Bradford City.

The Swans’ recent European adventures consisted of getting through to the Round of 32 of the Europa League and being eliminated by Napoli.

The club are well known for their rivalry with Cardiff City and unlike City, have maintained their Premier League status since 2011.

Who Is Officiating?

Experienced Select Group Referee Roger East will take charge at The London Stadium, Mark Scholes and Sian Massey-Ellis will act as his Assistants and the Fourth Official will be Kevin Friend.

So, now that you know everything that you need to about tomorrow’s six-pointer in Stratford, will Bilic get the points he needs to end speculation yet again?

Or, will Paul Clement’s Swans take the three points all the way back to Wales with a shock victory to boost their confidence ahead of the International Break? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to join the debate and give us your score predictions.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.