West Ham - Swansea City Betting Preview: Defences to emerge on top at Upton Park

Sam Allardyce's side looked back to their resilient best during Wednesday's draw against Chelsea, and Al Hain-Cole expects their reinforced backline to keep things tight once again
After securing a first Premier League victory in nine games at home to Fulham on Tuesday, Swansea City will be hoping to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they travel to Upton Park to take on West Ham in one of Saturday’s two early kick-offs.

Michael Laudrup’s men have not picked up three points on the road since November’s victory at Craven Cottage but are marginal 11/8 (2.38) favourites with William Hill to come out on top in the capital once again.

The Hammers have won fewer home games than any other side this season and are available at 13/8 (2.63) to collect maximum points for just the third time in front of their own fans.

The sides shared a goalless draw when they met in the reverse fixture back in October, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them cancelling each other out once again this time out..

Like their visitors, Sam Allardyce’s side go into this match with a renewed sense of confidence after a tenacious midweek performance saw them grind out a hard-fought draw against Chelsea.

Allardyce will have been delighted to see his team rediscover the resilience that had been a regular feature until the injury crisis that decimated his defence over the past few weeks, with centre backs James Collins and James Tomkins finally reuniting to oversee a second clean sheet in three league games.

The hosts can now go into this match confident of keeping out an opposition attack that has scored just eight goals in 11 league fixtures on the road, although having hit the back of the net just 13 times in 11 home games themselves, a high-scoring clash seems unlikely.

A bet on no more than one team to score would have paid out in eight of the Swans’ 11 away league games and five of West Ham’s last six fixtures, so looks like great value at even odds (2.00) when they come face to face, having played out a 0-0 draw already this season.

'No' on Both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.