Preview: West Ham v Swansea
2nd February 2013
The Swans will be looking to continue their unbeaten run this weekend when they face West Ham at Upton Park (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side have gone seven games without defeat in the Barclays Premier League - a run that stretches back to the middle of December.
During that time the Swans have risen to 8th place in the table and reached a major cup for the first time in the club's 100-year history.
On Saturday they face a West Ham side who are in a poor run of form, having won just once in their last nine league games.
That came against Chelsea back in early December, and it is at Upton Park where the Hammers have won the bulk of their points since winning promotion last season.
Sam Allardyce strengthened his side in the January transfer window, bringing Joe Cole back to the club as well as Emanuel Pogatetz and Wellington Paulista.
Swansea, meanwhile, said farewell to Danny Graham on Thursday as the striker secured a move to Sunderland on transfer deadline day.
The last time the Swans played at Upton Park was back in January 1999 in an FA Cup third round tie, with the then Third Division side securing a 1-1 draw against their Premier League opponents.
On-loan Andy Carroll is again likely to start on the bench for the Hammers, as the striker builds up match fitness after a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Michael Laudrup will keep the faith with Itay Shechter up front following the departure of Danny Graham to Sunderland.
What they said
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "They (Swansea) are in top form. I watched the Sunderland game and they should have won it right at the very end.
"Swansea have been outstanding both in and out of possession, that's what has impressed me the most. From our point of view, I don't think we've had a clean sheet since West Bromwich Albion away and because of that we have not managed to secure the wins we wanted to."
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "They are a team that have done well at home. They have players who can play such as Noble, Jarvis, Nolan and Joe Cole, but they also have lots of power up front.
"They have the likes of Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole, but also (Marouane) Chamakh coming in gives them something different.
"So we know it will be a test, but they haven't had a good run recently and it is a very important game for them.
"But we will look to try and extend our good run and whatever happens, we will put out yet another competitive team."
Head to head
The only previous meeting between the two sides in the Premier League came back in August, when the Swans won 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
The last time the pair met at Upton Park was in an FA Cup third round clash in January 1999, with the two teams 72 places apart in the Football League. The game finished 1-1 with Swansea winning the replay 1-0 - the first time that a Premier League side was knocked out by a side in the bottom tier.
West Ham stats
West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games at Upton Park
Only Norwich and Villa (2) have taken fewer points from their past six games than the Hammers (4)
Andy Carroll has scored only one goal from 27 shots (inc. blocked) in the Premier League this season
Swansea have drawn five of their last seven league games, winning the other two
The Swans have won four points more (34) this season than they had at this stage last season (30)
Top scorer Michu has now gone five Premier League games without a goal
32Red odds: West Ham 25/18 Swansea 21/10 Draw 23/10