Nerves will be felt all around the grounds at the London Stadium today, as 16th place West Ham take on 18th place Swansea City in a Saturday massive tilt.
Both teams are currently mired in a relegation zone fight, with Swansea long in one battle in the drop and West Ham re-entering the struggle for survival. The Hammers are winless in seven matches, with a five game losing streak. Swansea are winless in four, with a damaging draw against penultimate side Middlesborough last weekend making their current form almost as bad as their reeling hosts.
For Slaven Bilic, he could ill-afford to lose this contest as pressure has mounted back on him. For his side, he is without Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell once more, with season-ending absentees Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang also on the sidelines. Thankfully for him, both Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio are okay after their different elements in the 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday
A manager certainly not worried about his job is Paul Clement, who has brought the Swans away from the mess that was the Bob Bradley short era into contention for staying up. And without any new injury concerns, Clement will be hopeful that his side won’t repeat being thrashed 4-1 by West Ham again like they were on Boxing Day at the Liberty Stadium.
It’s really now a true six pointer, as both teams could ill-afford to lose today. It’s West Ham vs Swansea City, oh the pressure, and it is next.
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