WEST HAM UNITED v SWANSEA CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: LEE PROBERT

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Introduction

• West Ham United are back at the Boleyn Ground this Saturday looking to make it four home games unbeaten with Swansea City travelling to east London in the Barclays Premier League.

• The Hammers have defeated Norwich City and drawn with Manchester United and QPR in E13 in recent weeks.

• Swansea haven't visited the Boleyn Ground for a league fixture since December 1982, but they did take on the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground in an FA Cup third round game in 1999, which ended 1-1.

• Michael Laudrup's side are in their second season in the Barclays Premier League and have reached this season's Capital One Cup final after defeating Chelsea in the semi-finals.

• Sam Allardyce's side will be looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat suffered at the Liberty Stadium on the second weekend of this Barclays Premier League season, which formed part of a three-game winning streak for the Swans at the start of the campaign.

• The Hammers will also be looking to put Wednesday's loss at Fulham behind them, with Kevin Nolan netting their goal in the 3-1 defeat.

• Emanuel Pogatetz could be in line for a debut after joining the Hammers on loan from German side VfL Wolfsburg on Monday. The 30-year-old defender has a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience from a five-year spell at Middlesbrough between 2005-10.

• The Hammers clash with Swansea City is one of eight games taking place in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. The following games will also take place; QPR v Norwich is the early kick-off at 12.45pm, the 3pm fixtures are Arsenal v Stoke City, Everton v Aston Villa, Newcastle United v Chelsea, Reading v Sunderland, Wigan Athletic v Southampton and Fulham v Manchester United is the late kick-off at 5.30pm.


Statistical analysis

Head of Performance Analysis David Woodfine said statistics suggested West Ham United were hugely unfortunate to lose at Fulham on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers out-passed the Cottagers by 374 to 285. Of those, 152 passes went forward to Fulham's 103, while the visitors crossed the ball 27 times to eleven and won eight corners to Fulham's two.

Physically, West Ham also out-performed their hosts, running more than 1,200 metres more than Fulham in total. The Hammers' players also ran more than 2km more than their opponents at high intensity.

"From these statistics, we can see that the team are producing a lot of the key ingredients required for winning football matches," said Woodfine.

"We passed the ball far more often and in more dangerous areas than Fulham, crossed the ball more than twice as many times as our hosts and ran further and at a higher intensity than the Cottagers, but did not reap the rewards of our work.

"We have reached a consistently high level in our home matches this season and, if we can replicate this level of performance, we will be able to turn it into points."


Last time out

Barclays Premier League
Wednesday January 30 2013
Fulham 3-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Demel (Taylor 67), Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien; Diame, Noble, Nolan; J Cole (Carroll 76), Chamakh (C Cole 56), Jarvis
Subs not used: Henderson, Vaz Te, Pogatetz, O'Neil
Goals: Nolan 48

Barclays Premier League
Tuesday January 29 2013
Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City
Swansea City: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Davies; Dyer, de Guzman, Britton (Graham 75), Hernandez (Lamah 66); Shechter (Ki 60); Michu
Subs not used: Cornell, Bartley, Routledge, Rangel


Previous meeting

• Saturday's visit of Swansea City will be the first time the South Wales side have travelled to the Boleyn Ground since January 1999 when the two sides were paired together in the third round of the FA Cup. Swansea led for much of the second period, but Julian Dicks' 87th minute strike secured a 1-1 draw and a replay at the Vetch Field.

West Ham United: Hislop, Potts, Ruddock, Dicks, I.Pearce, Sinclair, Lazaridis (Omoyinmi 82), Lomas, Berkovic (J.Cole 65), Hartson (Abou 70), I.Wright
Goal: Dicks 87

Swansea City: Freestone, Jones, Howard, Bound, Smith, Cusack, Roberts, Thomas, Coates, Watkin, Alsop
Goal: Smith 61


Background

• West Ham United and Swansea City have met 52 times over a period of 90 years, the Hammers have won 23, Swansea have won 17 and 12 have ended in a draw.

• The first meeting between the two sides came on 7 January 1922 in the FA Cup and ended in a 0-0 draw. The replay on 11 January also ended 0-0, and the two sides met for the third time in nine days on 16 January when Swansea won 1-0 to progress.

• West Ham visited Wales twice last season, beating Cardiff City 2-1 in the npower Championship in March before winning 2-0 in the Play-Off semi-final.

• Joe Cole made his first West Ham debut as a substitute in the 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw against Swansea City on 2 January 1999.


Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

25 Aug 2012 Swansea City v West Ham United L 0-3
13 Jan 1999 Swansea City v West Ham United L 1-0 (FA Cup third-round replay)
02 Jan 1999 West Ham United v Swansea City D 1-1 (FA Cup third round)
07 Oct 1985 Swansea City v West Ham United W 2-3 (Milk Cup)
24 Sep 1985 West Ham United v Swansea City W 3-0 (Milk Cup)
05 Apr 1983 Swansea City v West Ham United W 1-5 (Division One)

Overall record v Swansea City (all competitions) W 23 D 12 L 17


Ten-year record

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)
2001/02 Premier League 7th (53 points)

Swansea City

2011/12 Premier League 11th (47 points)
2010/11 Championship 3rd (80 points)
2009/10 Championship 7th (69 points)
2008/09 Championship 8th (68 points)
2007/08 League One 1st (92 points)
2006/07 League One 7th (72 points)
2005/06 League One 6th (71 points)
2004/05 League Two 3rd (80 points)
2003/04 League Two 10th (59 points)
2002/03 League Two 21st (49 points)
2001/02 League Two 20th (51 points)


Referee

• Saturday's referee will be Lee Probert.

Forty-year-old Probert will officiate a West Ham United fixture for the second time this season, having also been the man in the middle for the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on 9 December.

He began refereeing in 1986 before being promoted to the Football League assistant referees' list in 1998, and made the step up to referee in the league five years later.

Probert was promoted to the Select Group of Premier League referees in summer 2007.

In 2010, he took charge of the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage Borough at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football to act as fourth official for the 2011 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Stoke City.

In 24 matches this season, Probert has issued 69 yellow cards and sent off two players. His last assignment was for last Sunday's FA Cup tie between Oldham Athletic and Liverpool, which saw the League One Latics shock Brendan Rodgers' side.

On Saturday, Probert will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Ron Ganfield, while the fourth official will be Phil Dowd.


Team news

• Andy Carroll made his comeback from a knee injury in Wednesday's defeat at Craven Cottage and the striker will be looking to play some part again when Swansea City come to east London.

• James Collins and George McCartney remain sidelined with injury, but new loan signing Emanuel Pogatetz will add to Sam Allardyce's defensive options.

• Swansea sold striker Danny Graham to Sunderland on transfer deadline day, and Swans boss Michael Laudrup opted not to make any last minute additions to his squad,

• Neil Taylor and Kemy Agustien are both missing for the visitors with ankle injuries.


Old boys

• The only player to have had an affiliation with both clubs who could take part on Saturday is Swansea's Leon Britton. The London-born midfielder joined West Ham United in 1998 for a fee of £400,000, a record fee for a 16-year-old at the time. He didn't however make a single appearance for the Hammers and left the club to join Swansea in 2003 after a successful loan spell.


General Information

• Tickets are sold out for Saturday's fixture. For all other ticket information, the box office can be accessed here

• The weather forecast for Saturday is a bright, but cold one, with the sun due to be shining at 3pm with a temperature of 5C.

• Please be aware that engineering works on the London Underground District Line means there will be no service between South Kensington and Bromley-by-Bow on Saturday. There will also be no service on the Hammersmith and City Line between Kings Cross and Barking. Replacement buses will operate on both lines.

• In addition, there is no service on the Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Aldgate and on the Docklands Light Railway between Canning Town and Beckton

Greater Anglia and c2c services will be operating as normal.

• Supporters who drive to the Boleyn Ground should take note of new parking restrictions in the London Borough of Newham. Click here for full details.

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