West Ham face a crucial test in the Premier League this weekend with a relegation battle with Swansea that will provide a major impact to the situation at the bottom of the table.
The Hammers enter the game at the London Stadium on the back of five consecutive league defeats and a sixth loss on the trot will cut their advantage over the relegation zone to just two points.
However, victory for the Hammers would see Slaven Bilic’s side secure an eight-point advantage over the drop zone and would go a long way to helping the East London outfit secure their Premier League status.
Whilst West Ham have struggled for form, Swansea have also endured a dip under the guidance of Paul Clement and will have been gutted to throw away a 1-0 lead in midweek against Tottenham.
The Swans may take confidence from that performance though but BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has backed the Hammers to return to winning ways this weekend.
“Swansea have been playing well but have only one point to show for it from their past four games. They definitely played well enough to get something out of their game with Tottenham, but ended up being beaten 3-1.”
“This is not a good time to hit the buffers, as West Ham know well. They are on an even worse run of form, with five straight defeats.”
“The Hammers were rolled over by Arsenal last time out but this is a chance to get some breathing space over the bottom three, and leave Swansea in big trouble.”
“This is a huge game for Slaven Bilic and his side, and I think they will win it.”
Victory for the Hammers could spark a major turnaround, as West Ham will be confident of securing a positive result in their next tie with rock-bottom Sunderland.