SWANSEA CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 4PM
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD

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Introduction

· West Ham United travel to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to make it two consecutive away wins in the Barclays Premier League.

· A 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 6 October was the club's last away outing and their first win on their travels this season.

· In their last match the Hammers suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground.

· The Hammers have conceded only once away from home this season with that goal coming via Robbie Brady, who converted a penalty in a 1-0 defeat at the KC Stadium.

· The players will sport t-shirts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the FA during the pre-match warm-up.

· In this fixture last year Swansea ran out 3-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium in Michael Laudrup's second game in charge.

· The Dane has steered his team to tenth place after eight league games, five places above the Hammers although a West Ham win will see them overtake the Swans.

· Last time out Swansea recorded a 4-0 home win over Sunderland to record their first home win of the season.

· The Swans have been inconsistent so far and from their last four games have two wins and a pair of defeats.

Team news

Swansea City

· Full-back Ben Davies and captain Ashley Williams will miss the game with ankle injuries.

· Pablo Hernandez may well return after missing the last nine games.

West Ham United

· Alou Diarra, Stephen Henderson and Andy Carroll are definitely out whilst James Collins may be fit enough to return having missed the Manchester City game.

· Jack Collison (Bournemouth), Elliot Lee (Colchester), Paul McCallum (Torquay) and Jordan Spence (MK Dons) are all out on loan.

Background

· West Ham United and Swansea City have met 55 times over a period of 90 years, the Hammers have won 26, 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.

· 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.

· The highest scoring game between the two produced nine goals with Swansea edging it 5-4 at Vetch Field on 2 March 1935.

Last time out

Swansea City 1-1 Kuban Krasnador
UEFA Europa League
24 October 2013

Swansea City: Tremmel, Tiendalli (Rangel), Taylor, Canas, Chico, Amat, Dyer (Lamah), Shelvey, Bony (Alvaro), Michu, Pozuelo
Subs not used: Vorm, Britton, Monk, De Guzman
Goals: Michu 68

West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
19 October 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel (O'Brien 65), Reid, Tomkins, Rat, Nolan (Petric 83), Noble, Morrison, Diame, Downing, Vaz Te (Jarvis 65)
Subs not used: Adrian, Taylor, C Cole, J Cole
Goals: Vaz Te 58

Previous meeting

Andy Carroll inspired West Ham to victory over Swansea City on his return to the starting line-up. The big striker netted the only goal of the game after 77 minutes to delight the home crowd and move the Hammers up to eleventh place.

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
2 February 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, Noble, Diame (O'Neil), Vaz Te, Nolan (Pogatetz), Jarvis (J Cole), Carroll
Subs not used: Spiegel, C Cole, Collison, Chamakh
Goals: Carroll 77

Swansea City: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, De Guzman, Britton (Moore), Ki, Hernandez, Michu, Routledge (Dyer)
Subs not used: Cornell, Lamah, Monk, Schecter, Tiendalli,

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

2 February 2013 West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
25 August 2012 Swansea City 3-0 West Ham United
13 January 1999 Swansea City 1-0 West Ham United (FA Cup Third Round Replay)
02 January 1999 West Ham United 1-1 Swansea City (FA Cup Third Round)
07 October 1985 Swansea City 2-3 West Ham United (League Cup Second Round Second Leg)
24 September 1985 West Ham United 3-0 Swansea City (League Cup Second Round First Leg)

Overall record v Swansea City (all competitions) W 26 D 12 L 17

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Swansea City

2012/13 Premier League 9th (46 points)
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)

Referee

· The referee for Sunday's game will be Phil Dowd.

· Dowd has already taken charge of the Hammers this season, presiding over a 0-0 draw when West Ham played Newcastle at St James Park.

· Dowd is in his 13h season as a Select Group official, having initially been promoted to the Barclays Premier League list of referees in 2001.

· Dowd began refereeing in local leagues in 1984, officiating in the Staffordshire Senior League and Midland Football Alliance. He was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1992, before joining the League's full list of referees in 1997, aged 34.

· The 49-year-old is commonly considered to be one of England's best match officials, an opinion backed by his appointments as the referee for the 2012 FA Cup and 2010 Football League Cup finals.

· Previously, Dowd was the fourth official at the 2006 FA Cup final between West Ham United and Liverpool at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

· The man in the middle will be assisted by Richard West and Marc Perry, and his fourth official will be Roger East.

General information

· Tickets for this fixture are now sold out.

·The weather forecast for Sunday afternoon is cloudy with a maximum temperature of 14C.

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