Swansea City v West Ham: Team News & Preview

Updated: August 25, 2012

Swansea play their opening home game of the season on Saturday (kick-off 12:45pm at the Liberty Stadium) having recorded an amazing 5-0 opening day win over QPR last weekend.

Swansea’s 5-0 opening day away win at QPR was probably the standout performance of last weekend and they will be looking to continue in that vein of form.

Such was the quality of the Welsh side’s opening performance that new Swan’s boss Michael Laudrup is unlikely to make any changes to his lineup for the visit of West Ham.

Team News:

Hailed by Hammers manager Sam Allardyce as  ”The best winger in the Premier League,”  Matt Jarvis comes straight into the West Ham line barely 24 hours after signing for the club and the Hammers will be looking to build on their opening day win over Aston Villa.

Allardyce confirmed on Thursday he has no concerns about throwing the 26 year-old ex-Wolves player into his side. The man capped by England at senior international level joins the London outfit for a record transfer fee of £10.75million and on a five year contract.

Midfielder Jack Collison (knee) remains sidelined while Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga are in contention to break into the Hammers’ starting XI.


New signing Miguel Michu scored twice for Swansea in their opening day triumph and he looked dangerous all day long.  With good service, he is sure to score.  He’s a big unit, quick on his feet and looks likely to cope well with the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

Jarvis is a  quality winger he specializes in jinking runs and whipping dangerous crosses into the opposition box.  I expect his quality and the fillip Jarvis’ arrival will provide to be enough to see the Hammers to a narrow win over their Welsh hosts on Saturday.

Possible line-ups:

Swansea:  Vorn; Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor; Michu, de Guzman, Britton; Dyer, Routledge, Graham.

West Ham:  Jaaskelainen; Reid, McCartney, Collins, Demel; Nolan, Taylor, Noble; Diame, Cole, Vaz Te.

Prediction: West Heam to win  2-1 against Swansea City is 11/1 with William Hill

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