Preview - Swansea City


When and where?

Swansea City v West Ham United
Premier League
Monday 26 December 2016, 3pm GMT
Liberty Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United will hope to make it a happy Christmas when they head to Swansea City on Boxing Day for their penultimate Premier League fixture of 2016.

Seven points taken from a successful week in the run-up to the festive season already ensured that the turkey tasted better for Hammers fans on Christmas Day, and now the east Londoners have their eyes on climbing further up the table.

That draw at Liverpool, followed by single-goal victories against Burnley and Hull City took Slaven Bilic’s team out of the division’s bottom three and up to 13th, with 19 points from 17 games.

Swansea, by contrast, spent Christmas Day in the relegation zone, with last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Middlesbrough their third in four games.

In total, Bob Bradley’s team have 12 points to date and with 37 goals in the conceded column they have the dubious honour of possessing the division’s leakiest defence.

Having been a top-flight team since 2011, the Swans will be fighting hard to ensure the second half of their season does not become a battle to preserve that status.

Team news

Diafra Sakho remains sidelined with a hamstring problem sustained late last month.

Aaron Cresswell could make his 100th appearance for the Hammers, while Andy Carroll played his first 90 minutes since the first game of the season in the Hammers' victory over Hull.

Any links between the two?

Swansea City club captain Leon Britton is a graduate of the Academy of Football who has spent the last 13 years at Swansea, playing in all four divisions of the English professional game with the Swans.

Aside from a brief spell at Sheffield United in the 2010/11 season, he has been in South Wales ever since leaving the Hammers, appearing in 514 games for the club.

On the West Ham side, Andre Ayew became the Hammers’ record signing when he joined from Swansea in the summer for a £20.5m fee. The Ghana international scored 12 goals in the 34 league games he played for the Welsh club in 2015/16.

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