Boss expecting tough Hammers test

2nd March 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal reckons Swansea City must be wary of West Ham as they look to make it seven in a row on home soil this weekend.

The Swans host the Hammers having won their last six games at the Liberty Stadium in all competitions.

That run of results is the club’s joint best on their own patch since 2004-05, the final season at Vetch Field.

But Carvalhal has warned that his players will have a fight on their hands as they look for success No. 7 against David Moyes’ West Ham.

“They are a good team with some good players,” said the Swans boss.

“I know the manager – I played against him in Europe when I was at Sporting and he was at Everton.

“He is a good manager and we have a lot of respect for West Ham.

“We expect a difficult game because they have a style that can create problems for opponents.

“But we know that style and we will try to block it.

“Then like all teams they have some weaknesses and we will try to exploit them.

“We respect them a lot, both individually and as a team, but we will fight and try our best to beat them.”

Ex-Hammer Andre Ayew and Andy King are back in contention this weekend having been ineligible for the midweek FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Leon Britton is also fit, but Angel Rangel, Renato Sanches, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony remain on the sidelines.