West Ham United look to exit out of the bottom three before the second international break of the season, when they face off against Swansea City at the London Stadium.
Just when it seemed pressure for Slaven Bilic, in regards to his job status, would be off his shoulders before the defeat to Spurs, there are now mumblings about his future with the club again following Carlo Ancelotti’s new availability. A result against Ancelotti’s former understudy at Bayern Munich, Paul Clement, would certainly ease thoughts around Bilic getting replaced after this match, at least for the next fortnight.
Manuel Lanzini is back in the squad and is on the bench for the Hammers, but Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out entirely, as illness has taken ahold of the Austrian talent before the match. Pedro Obiang, James Collins and Edmilson Fernandes are the other notable absentees.
Once again, Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez will start together on the field.
Meanwhile for Swansea, Clement’s side will be again absent the trio of Nathan Dyer, Ki-Sung-Yueng and Kyle Bartley.
Both teams are separated by one point and know that they don’t want to make it a season-long campaign near the bottom of the table. Can West Ham take all three points and allow Slaven Bilic to not have to hear about new Ancelotti rumors? Or will this possibly be the last match in the Slaven Bilic era at West Ham?
Find out, as kickoff is about to be underway!