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Saturday, 02 February 2013

West Ham v Swansea: Hammers target win over Capital Cup finalists


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West Ham lost their sixth game in 10 league outings in midweek against Fulham. Today they host a Swansea side that haven't lost in seven. Will Big Sam be able to get the better of the Capital One Cup finalists or will the Swans head back to Wales with maximum points?

The last time West Ham beat Swansea in the league, David Bowie was number one in the UK singles chart with Let's Dance, Margaret Thatcher was on her way to winning her second term in power and Sir Alex Ferguson was on his way to European success north of the border with Aberdeen. Yes, we're going back along way here. April 5, 1983, to be precise.

Both sides have had their ups and down since then but both are now dining at the top table once again, although the Swans have had the tastier meal this season. They currently sit in eighth place and have a date with Wembley waiting for them.

West Ham meanwhile made a decent start to life in the Premier League, but have faded badly in recent months and are anxiously looking over their shoulder at those below them. They were right up there with the top sides in October, but are now just seven points ahead of the drop zone.

Swansea put West Ham to the sword at the Liberty in August, but can the Hammers get revenge this afternoon?

West Ham United v Swansea City; Kick Off 3pm February 2 2013


Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

0    

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

0

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

4

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

3

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Too close to call.

Home: 13; Draw: 13; Away: 6. TBA 2.

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