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West Ham United failed to take even a point yet again from their Premier League fixture in the mid-week as they were put to sword by an Arsenal side who needed that victory. The Hammers are now without a win in their last six league games and have a mountain to climb if they are to finish in the top half of the table. They have a decent chance to pick up some points when they welcome Paul Clement’s Swansea side to the Olympic Stadium this weekend.
The Swans are fresh from a demoralizing loss to Tottenham Hotspur, conceding thrice in the dying minutes and they will hope to put in a better performance, to try a move out of the drop zone. Bilic is expected to field a strong lineup and here is the predicted lineup he might play for this game:
The Hammers are still without the likes of Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell and Gokhan Tore for this tie. Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll picked up knocks recently but both players are expected to be back in action this weekend.
The first choice shot-stopper for Slaven Bilic, Randolph has been decent in the last few games and is expected to start this tie.
The youngster has put in a shift every time he has been called upon and he should start this game in the wake of all the injuries around him.
The former Southampton man has been the senior defender for West Ham in the absence of their skipper and should have a decent game if they are to take anything from this weekend.
With Winston Reid out injured, Collins is expected to partner Jose Fonte at the heart of the defense for the Hammers.
After a forgettable game against the Gunners, Bilic should trust his 23-year old full-back and should give him another chance this weekend.
The English midfielder has not been at his best this season but he should have a solid game in the midfield for the home side if they are to win this game.
Though completely battered against the Gunners, Kouyate has been decent in recent games and should start against the Swans.
The versatile attacker is slowly getting used to the conditions at the Olympic stadium and will hope to have a productive game against his former side.
The Argentine has been the pick of the attackers for West Ham in recent games and should start just in behind Carroll in this tie.
Missed the last couple of games with injury but is back in training and should start this game on the flank.
The biggest threat for Swansea on the night will come from the former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll who was in decent goal scoring form, before the injury.