WEST HAM UNITED v SWANSEA CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2014
KICK-OFF: 12.45PM
REFEREE: HOWARD WEBB

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Introduction

• West Ham United entertain Swansea City in Saturday's early kick-off in the Barclays Premier League, looking to record their first home win of 2014.

• The Hammers will be hoping to follow up a superb goalless draw against Chelsea on Wednesday night with a first home league win since a 3-0 victory against Fulham on 30 November 2013.

• Five home games have passed without a win since the triumph against Fulham, with a 3-0 Capital One Cup semi-final second leg defeat to Manchester City the team's last outing at the Boleyn Ground.

• Sam Allardyce's side also suffered a defeat in their last league match in front of the home fans, going down 3-1 to Newcastle United on 18 January.

• Saturday's visitors Swansea City arrive on the back of scoring their first league win in nine matches, having beaten Fulham 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.

• The Swans have however gone five away league games without a win, their last success on the road being a 2-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

• Michael Laudrup's team have risen to eleventh place in the Premier League following their latest victory, five points above the Hammers.

Team news

West Ham United

• Joey O'Brien will miss the game after dislocating his shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night. Mo Diame was also forced off against the Blues with a suspected knee injury and it remains to be seen whether he will feature.

• Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te are back in full training and may be fit enough to feature against the Swans.

Swansea City

• Garry Monk is a long-term absentee and will not feature against the Hammers.

• Michu and Jose Canas are nearing a return following injuries but Saturday may come too soon for them.

• Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel is likely to continue to deputise in the absence of Michel Vorm.

Last time out


Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
29 January 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, O'Brien, Diame (Jarvis 30), Taylor, Noble, Nolan (Nocerino 80), Downing, Carroll (C Cole 64)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Morrison, Borriello

Swansea City 2-0 Fulham
Barclays Premier League
28 January 2014

Swansea City: Tremmel, Rangel, Davies, Williams, Chico, De Guzman (Pozuelo 88), Hernandez (Dyer 58), Britton, Bony, Shelvey (Amat 79), Routledge
Subs not used: Taylor, Cornell, Lamah, Alvaro
Goals: Shelvey 61, Chico 75

Previous meeting

A wet and windy match at the Liberty Stadium ended in a goalless draw as both sides toiled in the difficult conditions. Jussi Jaaskelainen made a couple of great saves to preserve his fifth clean sheet of the campaign whilst Ravel Morrison, Guy Demel, Mo Diame and Kevin Nolan were all guilty of missing chances at the other end.

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor, De Guzman, Britton, Dyer, Michu Routledge (Hernandez 61), Vazquez (Bony 66)
Subs not used: Tremmel, Amat, Tiendalli, Canas, Pozuelo

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Rat, Diame (C Cole 64), Noble, Downing, Vaz Te (Jarvis 34), Morrison (J Cole 78), Nolan
Subs not used: Adrian, O'Brien, Maiga, Taylor

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

27 October 2013 Swansea City 0-0 West Ham United
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)

Overall record v Swansea City (all competitions) W 26 D 13 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)

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)


Background

• West Ham United and Swansea City have met each other on 56 occasions with the Hammers prevailing 26 times, Swansea triumphant on 17 occasions and 13 matches ending as draws.

• The clubs first met in an FA Cup first round tie at Vetch Field on 7 January 1922, when the Third Division Swans held the Second Division Hammers to a 0-0 draw.

• That stalemate saw the sides meet again four day later - the first encounter between the two at the Boleyn Ground - and again saw a draw, this time finishing 1-1 with Vic Watson scoring for the home side.

• West Ham's biggest home win against their Welsh opponents came back on 18 January 1958, when Ted Fenton's team recorded a resounding 6-2 win in the Second Division.

• Swansea have only ever enjoyed victory at the Boleyn Ground once, that win coming on 25 August 1956 in a Division Two encounter.

• The last encounter between the clubs at the Boleyn Ground on 2 February 2013 ended in a West Ham win thanks to Andy Carroll netting the only goal of the game 13 minutes from the end of the match.

Referee

• Saturday's referee will be Howard Webb. Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. He took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003 and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• He also refereed the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, when West Ham United beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• Previously, Webb also refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and in the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006. The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

• This season, Webb officiated the Hammers' opening Barclays Premier League match against Cardiff City and the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, also at the Boleyn Ground.

• Webb will be assisted on Saturday by Sian Massey, Scott Ledger and the fourth official will be Jonathan Moss.

General information

• Tickets for Saturday's Kids for a Quid match are still available. To buy tickets view our ticket page by clicking here.

• The weather forecast for Saturday afternoon is sunny intervals with temperatures around 7C (44F).

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