Welcome to the Brace the Hammer predictions, we have consulted the finest brains, unfortunately they didn’t reply to my emails so we have predictions from these losers instead. Now that the awkward humour is out of the way, let’s preview this week’s game. West Ham United v Swansea City.
London Stadium plays host to Swansea, who have a single win and two draws in their opening 6 Premier League fixtures. While this isn’t the brightest start in the world, the Swans are still one point ahead of West Ham.
The table is starting to take it’s shape, West Ham are sitting in the relegation zone and badly need a win to kick-start their season. Slaven Bilic could lose his job if the club doesn’t win against Swansea, this is a team we should be beating and the board knows this.
With much speculation about the next Hammers boss, surely the Croat’s time in East London is numbered. In a way it might be good to have a disappointing result to get the new manager in and start moving forward. We can’t keep this speculation hovering around West Ham for much longer, it’s not good for morale.
Last time we spoke, our writers were giving very optimistic predictions for the crushing defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Things are no less cheery, but surely we have a better chance against the Swans, right?
I’m going to be bold and say that because this is a home game and because our fans are still livid with the Spurs result, the atmosphere at the London Stadium will be absolutely electric, more so than usual.
With that said, I see the crowd well and truly being the 12th man and help the lads achieve a 4-1 West Ham win.
West Ham 2-1 Swansea
Swansea aren't in great form, but the last match has somewhat dulled my optimism. I think this game might decide the fate of Slaven Bilic, and I can only hope the players show up for their coach.
3-0 West Ham
Team’s trending up (at the moment) and they get rewarded.
West Ham 1-1 Swansea
West Ham will look good for stretches but ultimately surrender a goal to drop two vital points.
If Lanzini is available, we win 2-1......If not, another draw, this time 1-1
West Ham 2 - 0 Swansea City
Look, man... I'm tired of predicting West Ham wins and them not happening. So this time the squad really better pull through. Lucky for me, Swansea City are absolute trash and it doesn't look like things are changing for them anytime soon.
I'm predicting that West Ham really blow this "dim gwerth rhech dafad" (Welsh for "not worth a sheep's fart") Swansea squad out of the water and show some of the fight that they did against Tottenham Hotspur — especially because this is a home match for the Hammers. I think the squad comes together for Slaven, even though it still won't save his job.
West Ham 2 Swansea 1
I have no utter idea what will happen in this game. We suck but Swans aren't any better. Chicha bags the winner.
I suspect it will start with one team scoring early, probably Swansea, and then the Hammers scoring in or near stoppage time at the end to make some feel like it was a win when they really just drew with a team they should be beating handily.
The other way is West Ham scores first and gives up a late goal that makes the draw feel a lot more like a loss.
Either way, I'm envisioning a draw.
West Ham 1-0 Swansea
I must admit, I'm a big fan of Paul Clement. The Swansea side he took over was a complete mess, and in a short space of time he's built them into an disciplined team, full of graft and capable of getting big results - all in a short space of time too. I can only look with envy at a side who look organised and well-coached.
That said, the team lacks quality compared to last season, and while teams in need if results usually find them against West Ham, I think our defensive formation will be able to see them off. Carroll loves a goal against the Swans.
We should get one somehow.
It looks like this could be a hard game (again) and even including the potentially-returning injured duo of Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini in the equation I think it's still going to be tough. Swansea will come to London intent on leaving with at least a point so cool heads are called for. Although it goes against the grain to take a negative approach, I think the Hammers might struggle to keep things even. I'll go for a draw this week.
West Ham 1-0 Swansea
As we saw last season - Bilic is great at grinding out 1-0 home wins when the pressure is on and his job is on the line. This will be another of those games with West Ham scraping through in unconvincing fashion.