Premier League Betting: Swansea v West Ham - Fan v Fan Preview



Swansea perspective: Jim White, SCFC2.co.uk.

West Ham’s fall from grace in recent years means this is a game that most Swansea fans would expect to get something from. Not that we would be arrogant enough to suggest this publicly. West Ham’s illustrious owner David Gold, however, is less modest: "We lost the first four games two years ago against big clubs but home to Villa and away to Swansea are winnable games," he said recently. Gold's words might provide an extra incentive, but with 20,000 fans screaming the team on and an impressive 2011-12 home record, it is doubtful that we need it.
 
Two contrasting styles of football will be on display on Saturday; the silky, skilful and slick passing football that Swansea have played for a few years now, and the physical, high octane, direct football that Sam Allardyce’s teams are famous for. We lost a few players in the summer but gained others, including the classu Michu and Chico, who looks a real threat in the air. Swansea are likely to line up unchanged from our 5-0 win at QPR.
 
With confidence high, Swansea will want to put on a performance at the Liberty Stadium, but we will also be wary of the threat of West Ham. The first goal in this game could be key and if Swansea score early then a repeat of the QPR game is not out of the question. However, West Ham look to have more about them than Mark Hughes' side, so I don’t think we'll see too many goals.

Prediction: Swansea 2-1 West Ham.

Danny Graham to score first at 6.50, both teams to score at 1.72, Swansea 2-1 at 8.75.

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West Ham perspective: Graeme Howlett, Knees Up Mother Brown.

West Ham go into our first ever appearance at the Liberty Stadium having smashed our transfer record with the arrival of £11 million man Matt Jarvis and on the back of a great 1-0 win over Aston Villa last week. While 26-year-old Jarvis is eligible to play, he's is unlikely to start, with Sam Allardyce keeping faith with Matt Taylor.
 
In fact, with no further injuries to report this week, Allardyce is almost certain to start with the same XI that frustrated Villa at the Boleyn Ground. That means fellow new signings Alou Cisse, Stephen Henderson and Modibo Maiga – who was inches away from opening his account on debut against Villa - will also have to be content with a place on the bench.
 
Club captain Kevin Nolan grabbed the winning goal last weekend with a typical surge into the the six-yard box, and is nearing full fitness again having recovered from a pre-season knock. That leaves midfielder Jack Collison as the only Hammer unavailable through injury.
 
Despite starting the season in the best possible fashion, it promises to be a tough week or two for the Hammers. We face Fulham following the trip to Swansea; two matches against teams who opened the season in spectacular fashion by recording 5-0 wins. If we perform to the best of our ability on Saturday, though, we should be able to earn a useful point.

Prediction: Swansea 2-2 West Ham.

Over 3.5 goals at 3.25, the draw at 3.35, Kevin Nolan to score last at 12.50.

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