West Ham will be desperate to stop the rot following no wins since mid-December, however the journey to Swansea City will be a tough assignment this weekend and we expect the Hammers to return home empty handed.
Times are tough for West Ham and they will be in low spirits following a dip in form which has seen them fail to win since 20th December when they beat relegation candidates Leicester City at Upton Park. Since that result they have managed a solitary point from three Premier League matches and suffered the agony of a 92nd minute equaliser by Everton last weekend in the FA Cup third round.
Just three points separate the Hammers from Swansea City and this will be a tough match with little to separate the sides. The Hammers will be eager to clinch the points which could see them leapfrog Arsenal and Tottenham into the top five, however we firmly believe that they will fail to get anything for their troubles this weekend.
Sam Allardyce’s side were comfortable 3-1 winners over Swansea in the reverse fixture last month and they will be looking to achieve the double over the Welsh side this time around, mindful that Swansea will perhaps struggle without star striker Wilfried Bony.
Nevertheless, the Swans will be in confident spirits following a run during which they have clinched three wins from their last five outings and they come into this match on the back of a 6-2 FA Cup win against League Two side Tranmere Rovers. Indeed the Hammers will provide a stiffer test than Tranmere, however we believe that Swansea will be successful in holding the East London side at bay.
A win for the home side would lift them level with West Ham on points and towards the top six with manager Garry Monk likely to take full advantage of the transfer market once he has the £30million from the sale of Bony in the bank.
We expect something of a goal-rush in this match, the Hammers scoring nine in their last ten outings and the home side scoring at least once in each of their last eleven matches. As such we’ll be backing both teams to score at best odds of 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Bafetimbi Gomis will be the man who could make the difference on Saturday. The French striker was in top form at the weekend, scoring twice in the 6-2 demolition of Tranmere and we expect him to make himself heard with at least one goal against the Hammers.
Our betting tips
Swansea win with both teams to score – Bet365 10/3
Anytime Goalscorer, Bafetimbi Gomis – BetVictor 8/5
All odds were correct at time of posting.