West Ham United v Swansea City

6 May

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate scored in last weekend’s win over West Brom


West Ham will be without goalkeeper Adrian for the visit of Swansea because of a calf injury.

Darren Randolph, first choice for the Hammers in the FA Cup this season, is set to deputise.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams will be rested for the last two league games ahead of his involvement at Euro 2016.

Neil Taylor, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Alberto Paloschi are injured, but Leroy Fer returns after a hamstring problem.


John Motson: “Commentating at the Boleyn Ground for the final time will be an emotional moment for me given that I have been going there for over 40 years since I started with Match of the Day in 1971.

“It’s also the last Saturday home game for the West Ham fans and they’ll want a win to move them to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester City and keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

“When these sides drew in December, Swansea were struggling. They are now mathematically safe and I think Alan Curtis deserves plenty of the praise for that achievement, not least for leading them to a crucial win at Arsenal when Francesco Guidolin was absent.”


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “We are really happy and grateful that with three games to go we are in competition for a European place, whether you’re talking about top four which is quite hard but possible, or top six.

“We have to be on top of our game in all three of these matches as there are a couple of teams below us that are capable of winning their games, like we are, and the gap is not so big.”

Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin: “West Ham are a very good team and they have had a good season. But I am confident that we have a good group, it is not only 11 players.

“I have the chance to see some players who don’t play much and this is important for the future of our club and our players.”


I have been really impressed by the Hammers of late and they are back in the race for fourth place, especially because they play Manchester United in their last game at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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West Ham's tally of 59 points is their highest ever in the Premier League.<!–



  • West Ham have won all three home Premier League meetings.
  • Swansea have only won one of their seven Premier League games against the Hammers (D3, L3).

West Ham United

  • The Hammers are on a 10-match unbeaten league run (W5, D5).
  • They have only lost two home league games this season and are unbeaten in 15 since August (W8, D7).
  • West Ham have scored 18 goals in their last seven league matches.
  • Mark Noble has scored seven goals this season, two more than in his previous two seasons combined.

Swansea City

  • Swansea are without a win in four away games, conceding 12 goals during that run (D1, L3).
  • They scored three goals in a match for the first time this season against Liverpool last weekend.
  • Only Newcastle (2) and Aston Villa (1) have won fewer away league games than Swansea’s three this season.


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