PREVIEW: Swans v West Ham
26th December 2016
Swansea City are hoping for a huge festive boost when they welcome West Ham United to the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.
Bob Bradley's side host the Hammers in SA1 desperate for a return to winning ways following recent defeats at West Brom and Middlesbrough.
Their recent results at home will provide them with some encouragement, though, having won their previous two Premier League fixtures at the Liberty - a 5-4 win over Crystal Palace and a 3-0 victory over Sunderland.
More of the same today would be certain to add a much-needed sprinkle of Christmas cheer in South Wales.
But after enduring a difficult start to the season, West Ham have witnessed an upturn in form in recent weeks.
On the back of a hard-fought draw at Liverpool, Slaven Bilic's side followed up with back-to-back 1-0 home victories over Burnley and Hull.
Swans duo Ki Sung-Yueng and Federico Fernandez are both in contention of returns to the squad after recovering from broken toes.
West Ham will be without striker Diafra Sakho for their trip to South Wales, after the Senegalese front man was ruled out for six weeks with a back injury.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans boss Bob Bradley: "In the 10 games I have been here, a lot of it has come down to making plays in both boxes.
"Our build-up play has improved. We have had some good periods of possession in games, but the end product has not always been what it needs to be.
"Defensively we talk about improving, but in some games we have not actually conceded many chances."
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "When you play a cup final you don't care about the performance. You would love to have the performance, but it is all about the result.
"Of course, in the Premier League it is also all about the result. But when you play well and don't get the points you can get a little bit of satisfaction because you have played good. But it's not good enough.
"It should be both. I'm expecting us to get playing better."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
West Ham 1-4 Swansea City (May 2016)
Swansea City 0-0 West Ham (December 2015)
Swansea City 1-1 West Ham (January 2015)
West Ham 3-1 Swansea City (December 2014)
West Ham 2-0 Swansea City (February 2014)
1983 - West Ham have taken a point in their last three visits to Liberty Stadium in the Premier League, but haven't won there since April 1983.
8 - West Ham have lost twice as many Premier League games this season (8) as they had at this stage in both 2015-16 (4) and 2014-15 (4).