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  • 25 August 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
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Swansea - West Ham Preview: Laudrup looking to build on stunning opening-day victory

Swansea - West Ham Preview: Laudrup looking to build on stunning opening-day victory

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The new Swans boss will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories after thumping QPR 5-0 on the opening day, but Sam Allardyce's Hammers also got off to a winning start

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Tate, Williams, Taylor 
Britton, Michu, De Guzman 
Routledge, Dyer, Graham
WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney
Diame, Noble, Nolan
Vaz Te, Cole, Jarvis

Swans boss, Michael Laudrup confirmed that summer signing Chico missed training on Thursday after suffering from a knock picked up against QPR and he remains a doubt for the visit of the Hammers.

However, the Swans' boss revealed that Scott Sinclair would be in contention to start at the weekend following his goal last weekend in spite of being linked with Manchester City.

The winger has confirmed he will not sign a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, but Laudrup says that while Sinclair remains a Swansea player, then he will be available for selection.

Jack Collison (knee) is the Hammers' only injury concern, the Welsh midfielder is unlikely to recover in time to feature.

Matt Jarvis sealed his move to Upton Park on Friday, in time to be registered for the game, and he may well come straight into the side as Sam Allardyce chases goals.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time Swansea and West Ham met in a league encounter was in the 1992-93 season at the Vetch Field, when the Hammers ran out comfortable 5-1 winners in the old First Division.
  • The sides last met in the 1998-99 season, when Swansea won 1-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay to dump Harry Redknapp's side out of the competition.
  • Swansea became the first club from the bottom division of English football to knock a Premier League club out of the FA Cup since the league's restructure in 1992 on that evening. Harry Redknapp's side went onto finish fifth and win the Intertoto Cup the following season.
  • The two sides have met a total of 51 times in all competitions, with Swansea having won 16, 12 having been drawn and West Ham winning 23.
  • The highest scoring game between the two clubs was in 1934-35, when the Swans ran out narrow 5-4 winners in the old Second Division.
  • Swansea's stunning 5-0 rout of QPR (right) earned them the season's first LMA Performance of the Week award.

Players to watch

Michu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Spanish midfielder Michu announced his arrival in the Premier League in stunning fashion, becoming the first player to score in the top flight during the 2012-13 campaign and also bagging a brace in the 5-0 demolition of QPR at Loftus Road.

The 26-year-old was snapped up for a sum of just £2 million from Rayo Vallecano after Gylfi Sigurdsson's departure to Spurs, having scored 15 goals in 37 appearances for the Franjirrojos.

He finished last season as La Liga's highest-scoring midfielder and looks as though he will set the Premier League alight if he can continue his dazzling performances.

Ricardo Vaz Té

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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Portuguese winger Ricardo Vaz Te fired West Ham to the promised land of the Premier League with a late winner against Blackpool in last season's play-off final and finally looks to have established himself as a key player at Upton Park.

The 25-year-old has struggled to settle in English football, after injury ravaged his time at Bolton where he scored just three times in 58 appearances for Bolton.

Brief stints at Hull City, Greek side Panionios and Scottish club Hibernian all swiftly followed, but, having shone at Barnsley originally, the Portuguese is now an important part of the Hammers' forward line with his pace and power able to cause headaches for any defence.

Editor's Prediction

Michael Laudrup has picked up from where Brendan Rodgers left off and, following some astute additions such as Spanish playmaker Michu, looks as though he can guide the Swans to a mid-table finish.

However, Sam Allardyce's sides are renowned for their disciplined performances away from home, West Ham's form on the road was a key factor in the promotion from the Championship last term.

If the Hammers can open the scoring, they'll be a tough nut to crack at the Liberty Stadium.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

West Ham United

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
62%
15%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Swansea City AFC SWA
2 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU
Swansea City AFC SWA
3 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU

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