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Swansea v West Ham: Free-scoring Swans meet resilient Hammers

| 24.08.2012

Swansea kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 drubbing at QPR, but may find things harder against West Ham.

West Ham beat Aston Villa 1-0 on the opening weekend themselves, and a compromise between the two clubs could be found at 9/4 on the draw.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup is known to favour attacking football, whilst Sam Allardyce’s Hammers side suffered the least defeats in the Championship last term.

Therefore this clash could be a classic stalemate, although there may be goals, as they last time this fixture ended goalless was in 1937.

With that in mind a score draw could be on the cards, and you can back a 1-1 result at 6/1, a 2-2 scoreline at 14/1 and a 3-3 goalfest at 50/1.

Both sides scored in their opening fixtures, and a repeat performance in this match is priced at 8/11.

West Ham’s trip to the Liberty Stadium sees the clubs meet for the first time in the Premier League, with the home side favourites to triumph at 11/10.

But the East London outfit won more games on the road (13) than at home (11) last season, and are priced at 5/2 to pull off a shock win in Wales.

If picking out goalscorers is more your thing, then Swansea’s new hero Michu might take your fancy to break the deadlock for a second game in succession at 6/1.

Like the Spaniard, winger Nathan Dyer also found the net twice against Mark Hughes’ QPR, and at 11/1 is a tempting first goalscorer.

However, last season’s top scorer with 12 league strikes Danny Graham may be keen to get off the mark against West Ham, and is the 5/1 favourite to do so first.

From a Hammers perspective, frontman Carlton Cole looks the most likely of West Ham’s players to hit the net first at 7/1, while winger Ricardo Vaz Te is just back at 8/1.

Captain Kevin Nolan has scored goals wherever he has been, bagging 13 last term and the winner against Villa, and is a tempting 10/3 to score at any time versus Swansea.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jamie Dickenson