West Ham Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea

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The Hammers will be in serious danger of slipping into a relegation battle if they taste defeat against the Welsh side this coming weekend

West Ham desperately need to win a Premier League football match. The Hammers have slipped perilously close to the relegation zone after their dire 2-1 defeat to Hull City on Saturday - and things did not get any easier against Arsenal in midweek.

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Slaven Bilic's side were desperately poor as they were beaten 3-0 at the Emirates by a team in the midst of a crisis of their own, and the Hammers now face a crunch game against Swansea.

The Swans are currently 18th, while the Hammers are 15th, but just five points separate the two teams. If West Ham lose, they may be dragged into a late-season relegation battle.


WEST HAM INJURIES


West Ham are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, with further injuries piling up after the loss to Arsenal,

Striker Andy Carroll was substituted with a groin injury against the Gunners, and it remains to be seen if he will recover in time for the encounter this weekend.

If he misses out Diafra Sakho will replace him in the starting XI, the striker having returned to full fitness.

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Michail Antonio, meanwhile, recovered from a bout of illness to play Arsenal and should be fine to play this weekend, but Pedro Obiang is out for the season.

Meanwhile, Angelo Ogbonna, Gokhan Tore and Winston Reid are long-term injury absentees, while doubts linger over Aaron Cresswell.

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WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS


West Ham do not currently have any players suspended.

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POTENTIAL WEST HAM LINE-UP


West Ham are not blessed with a great amount of squad depth and are likely to line up in much the same manner as they did against Arsenal.

Goal understands that Carroll asked to be withdrawn after "feeling" his groin, and Bilic may decide to play Sakho instead to ensure that his first-choice striker can play all 90 minutes.

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With Cresswell doubtful, Arthur Masuaku is set to play at left back.

Robert Snodgrass, meanwhile, was placed on the bench against Arsenal, with Antonio playing in the No.10 role and Bilic is likely to continue in such a vein this weekend.

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SWANSEA TEAM NEWS


Swansea are currently mired in a relegation battle and dropped into the relegation zone after their late 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday.

The Swans are not likely to be helped by their potential injury absentees, either, with both Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel certain to miss out.

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Talismanic striker Fernando Llorente, scorer of 11 Premier League goals thus far this season, is a doubt after sustaining an ankle injury, while metronomic midfielder Leon Britton could also be unavailable because of a hamstring problem.

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BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • West Ham have won just one of their last six home Premier League games (D1 L4) and have lost three of the last four.

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  • Swansea have lost four consecutive away games in the Premier League, conceding two or more goals on each occasion. They've never lost five in a row on the road in the Premier League.

  • West Ham have been beaten just once in their last eight Premier League games against Swansea, though it was at home to the Swans last season (W4 D3)


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The game is due to kick off at 15:00 on Saturday, and will not be televised live in the UK. Highlights will be broadcast on Match of the Day at 22:30 on BBC One.

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