The ‘Swans’ will look to build on their opening 5-0 drubbing of QPR as new boys West Ham, who will also be smarting after an opening day victory, visit the Liberty Stadium.
The game will be Swans new boss Michael Laudrup’s first home game in charge and he has already laid the ghost of Brendan Rodgers departure to rest courtesy of their five-star showing at Loftus Road.
It seems as though the former Barcelona legend is keeping to the style of play that Rodgers instilled last season to great effect.
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They absolutely ripped through a ragged QPR side in the second half last weekend, ending up as 5-0 winners and a repeat of that confident showing would surely mean the 11/10 (Paddy Power) available for a home win will surely end up as a winner.
The Hammers, back in the Premier League after beating Blackpool in the Championship playoffs, have gone quietly about their business this summer but showed that they should be capable of holding their own following a solid 1-0 win over Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa on the opening day.
West Ham can be backed at 13/5 (Paddy Power) to beat the Swans, with the draw a 23/10 (Bet365) shot, but considering their defensive problems that could be a too much to ask this time around. Mark Hughes has already brought in Jose Boswinga from Chelsea and is reported to be making dramatic steps to bring in another ex Chelsea man, Roberto Carvalho from Real Madrid, in a desperate bid to tighten things up at the back.
Anyone backing the Hammers however should take note that Sam Allardyce’s side have won just two of their last 37 Premier League away games.
Swans star man last week was new man Michu. The former Rayo Vallecano midfielder grabbed one assist and two goals against QPR and looks an attractive proposition to score first this week, with Bet365 offering 6/1.
There hasn’t been a goalless draw between these sides in the post-war era, therefore goals are usually guaranteed in this fixture, and Jussi Jaaskelainen and Michel Vorm could be set for plenty of action.
With that in mind, taking advantage of Paddy Power’s 11/10 on offer for the game to produce more than 2.5 goals could be a shrewd wager.