West Ham v Swansea preview: Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio back to boost hosts
Last Updated: 30/09/17 7:25am
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has seen his attacking options boosted ahead of Saturday's visit of Swansea for a game he describes as another "cup final".
Lanzini is fit after a month out with a knee injury and Antonio has shrugged off the groin problem which forced him off against Tottenham last weekend.
West Ham are back in the bottom three ahead of Saturday's clash but fixtures against Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace loom and Bilic is confident his side can climb the table.
"We have some players back, we have the stability and we have a good run of games, compared with some of those we have played," he said.
"We beat Swansea twice last season. We'll analyse them and all that, but to be fair we are at home and it is up to us.
"When our backs are to the wall we are all in this together, and we have always done it. This is the reason why I am optimistic. I am thinking only about Swansea, but we have that opportunity now to get out of this."
With Lanzini and Antonio back in the ranks, defender James Collins (ankle) and midfielder Pedro Obiang (muscle injury) are the only absentees.
Swansea boss Paul Clement could turn to skipper Leon Britton at the London Stadium.
The veteran's only appearance this season came on the opening day at Southampton but he has now made a full recovery from a knee injury as head coach Paul Clement considers his midfield options.
On-loan Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham could also return as Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and Nathan Dyer (Achilles) prepare to build their fitness in an under-23 game against Celtic.
- West Ham have only lost one of their last nine Premier League games against Swansea (W5 D3), a 4-1 defeat at the London Stadium in May 2016.
- Swansea have never kept an away clean sheet at West Ham, conceding 74 goals in 31 games in all competitions, stretching back to an FA Cup match in 1922 (W2 D7 L22).
- West Ham United have only held the lead for 18 minutes in the Premier League so far this season - only Crystal Palace (0 mins) have been in front for less time.
- Swansea City have allowed their opponents 72 more shots in total & 23 more shots on target than they have attempted themselves in the Premier League this season; the biggest negative differential by a team in 2017-18 so far.
- Javier Hernandez has now scored 40 Premier League goals - all inside the box. The only players with more goals in the competition to have all come from inside the box are John Terry (41) and Tim Cahill (56).
- Slaven Bilic has averaged 1.35 points per league game as West Ham United manager - this is the best record of any permanent manager the Hammers have had in the Premier League.
West Ham have been a bit better in recent weeks. They had the win over Huddersfield before getting a solid point away at West Brom. Then came last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Spurs and if I'm being honest, I thought the scoreline flattered the Hammers.
I thought Slaven Bilic made a bit of an error in that game because he started with Javier Hernandez up front and then when Michael Antonio got injured he brought Andy Carroll on. By starting Hernandez, it tells me Bilic thought he was going to cause Tottenham more problems with pace and movement in attack so why didn't he bring on Andre Ayew to replace Antonio? With Carroll on the field I thought West Ham went from back to front too quickly. They would have worked on a game plan all week and it all went out the window when it could have stayed the same.
However, I can see them getting back to winning ways here against a Swansea side, struggling for form and confidence.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
West Ham are marginally odds-on with Sky Bet at 5/6, with Swansea up against odds of 100/30 to win and 5/2 to secure a draw. Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez share favouritism in the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 apiece, while Tammy Abraham is considered the visitors' main threat at 5/1 to break the deadlock.
West Ham v Swansea is included in this weekend's Super 6 line-up, with £250,000 up for grabs again.