PREVIEW: West Ham v Swans
1st February 2014
The Swans go in search of back-to-back Premier League wins when they travel to West Ham on Saturday (12.45pm).
Michael Laudrup's side secured a crucial victory over Fulham in midweek, while West Ham produced a valiant defensive effort to earn a goalless draw at Chelsea.
Swansea's win was their first in eleven matches, while the Hammers remain in the bottom three, just two points from safety.
February is shaping up to be a pivotal month for Laudrup's men ahead of key games against Cardiff and Stoke, as well as the knockout phase of the Europa League.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for West Ham as Andy Carroll scored the only goal, while the two sides played out a goalless draw at the Liberty back in October.
West Ham could give a debut to new signing Marco Borriellio, while fellow recruit Antonio Nocerino is also pushing for a start.
Swansea have no fresh injury concerns, despite Michel Vorm, Jose Canas and Michu still being sidelined.
WHAT THEY SAID
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "You've got to try to see the light at the end of the tunnel and stay positive. Players are coming back, new players have come in and we obviously have some big games coming up.
"Scoring goals has been our Achilles heel this season and on too many occasions we haven't converted opportunities into goals."
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "It was a huge win for us on Tuesday, and the first in quite some games. We now have three coming up where it is the same, starting on Saturday.
"But it will be a tough game. Not because of what they did, but they have a few players back and are a strong, physical side.
"The players know what to expect and it will be a tough afternoon for us."
WEST HAM STATS
- In West Ham's last nine Barclays Premier League games at Upton Park, they have conceded exactly three goals (six times) or kept a clean sheet (three times)
- Sam Allardyce's side have won just one of their last 10 Premier League home games (W1 D3 L6)
- West Ham have won eight and lost none of the last 10 times they have hosted Swansea in all competitions
- Swansea have won none of their last five Barclays Premier League away games (L3 D2), scoring just two goals in that run
- Wilfried Bony has scored six goals in his last six competitive appearances for Swansea City
- Five of Swansea's six league wins this season have come when they have kept a clean sheet
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