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Match Preview: West Ham v Swansea

Blast from the past West Ham United went into a Second Division fixture against this weekend’s opponents Swansea City (or Swansea Town as they were known then) on Saturday the 20th October 1934 in fine form having won their previous four matches. Scoring ten goals in the process, the Hammers had climbed to fifth in the table after a difficult start had seen them lose four of their opening six games. On the day when former Eastenders actor Timothy West was born 81 years ago, the Hammers recorded a 2-0 victory in front of 21,227 at the Boleyn Ground

HEADS UP COLUMN: Arrivederci? Perhaps – but Swansea City’s…

FRANCESCO Guidolin might point out that you don’t expect a fireman to do a handstand whilst putting out the flames in your chip pan. The Italian got the call from Huw Jenkins when, in the eyes of the board at least, there was an emergency at Swansea City. Language must have been a barrier when Jenkins and Guidolin first spoke, but it was not enough of an issue to stop the message getting across

TOM THE TIPSTER: Swansea City should be better, but expect…

WITH safety assured following a joyous performance in the Sunday lunchtime fixture against a much-changed Liverpool side, it’s a more optimistic Swansea City side that travels down to London for their meeting with West Ham United. It was to be the final league game at the famous Boleyn Ground until the rearranged match with Manchester United — moved to next Tuesday evening — gave the Hammers a chance of saying goodbye to their old ground against more illustrious opponents.

West Ham v Swansea City: Can depleted Swans enjoy a last trip to…

WEST Ham United may be bracing themselves for an emotional week, but Swansea City will not shed any tears about the end of the Boleyn Ground. Because while the Hammers are forever blowing bubbles at the place they have called home for over a century, Swansea have spent most of their time there losing games. Swansea’s record to the claret-and-blue corner of East London is nothing short of dreadful

Wales captain Ashley Williams given pre-Euro 2016 breather by Swansea

Williams has played every minute of Swansea’s Barclays Premier League campaign and missed only seven games during the Welsh club’s five seasons in the top flight The 31-year-old was also an ever-present in Wales’ successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and Guidolin feels the central defender is due a rest after Swansea secured their top-flight safety with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool last weekendGuidolin’s decision will delight.

Thompson: Sturridge now 2nd fiddle in Klopp’s mind?

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson wonders whether Christian Benteke is now ahead of Daniel Sturridge in the striker pecking order at Anfield. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Reds legend looked at the body language of both players during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea at the weekend: “Benteke came on at half-time on Sunday and his

Swans fans are urged to donate their old boots to an African…

SWANS supporters are being urged to take old football boots to the club’s last home game of the season to support underprivileged children in The Gambia.Fans attending the Manchester City game at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, May 15 can donate their boots to the Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy Foundation, a charity formed and championed by Burry Port couple Craig and Isabel Goodman.READ MORE: Meet the couple changing children’s lives in Africa through the power of footballSwansea City…

Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Gylfi Sigurdsson to sit out rest…

FRANCESCO Guidolin has revealed Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Gylfi Sigurdsson will not play again for Swansea City this season – and suggested Jefferson Montero will miss Saturday’s match at West Ham.Taylor (groin) and Sigurdsson (shoulder) are nursing injuries, while Williams will be rested after playing every Premier League minute for Swansea so far this term.And he has missed just seven matches in five top-flight seasons at the Liberty.READ MORE: Swansea City: Will Nathan Dyer…

Francesco Guidolin’s Swansea City future still unclear after…

FRANCESCO Guidolin is still in the dark over his Swansea City future despite fresh talks with Huw Jenkins – but revealed he has had no contact from Watford.The head coach’s short-term deal is due to expire at the end of the season, and Swansea only have fixtures against West Ham and Manchester City remaining.Guidolin was brought in midway through January, and was charged with the task of keeping Swansea in the Premier League.READ MORE: Swansea City linked with free transfer move for Queens…

I’m happy to stay at Swansea City, says Andre Ayew

ANDRE Ayew insists he is happy to stay at Swansea City next season.The Ghana international has been linked with a move away from the Liberty after an excellent first Premier League campaign.Ayew struck twice as Swansea beat Liverpool 3-1 last weekend to take his tally to 10 top-flight goals since August.That has sparked speculation he may be catching the eye of Premier League rivals, with Saturday’s opponents West Ham among those rumoured to be tracking him.READ MORE: Ospreys flanker Justin…

Angel Rangel reckons Swansea City deserve major credit for…

ANGEL Rangel insists Swansea City deserve major credit for the way they have raced away from relegation danger.Sunderland’s 4-2 victory at the Liberty in mid-January left Swansea just one point above the bottom three and in real danger of dropping into the Championship.But their results over the 15 games since places them 10th in the Premier League form table.READ MORE: Swansea City v Liverpool: How the home players faredSurvival has been secured after some eye-catching victories over the likes…

Swansea City euro stars Lukasz Fabianski and Gylfi Sigurdsson to…

Lukasz Fabianski and Gylfi Sigurdsson should both feature at West Ham this Saturday – but Swansea City are expected to rest Wales stars Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.With top-flight status guaranteed after a victory over Liverpool last weekend, Francesco Guidolin is tipped to shuffle his pack for the season’s remaining two matches.Alan Curtis indicated Wales duo Williams and Taylor would be among those given a break at Upton Park this weekend.READ MORE: Mystery Swansea City fan pockets…

Mystery Swansea City fan pockets £174,000 from bookies with…

IT’S not just lucky Leicester City fans who have won a large haul of cash betting on their football team – a Swansea City supporter is on cloud nine after winning more than £170,000 with a £1 bet.The 35-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous, landed bookmaker Coral’s Football Jackpot by correctly predicting the results of 15 football matches. The Swansea fan was the sole winner of last weekend’s bet. He landed £174,821.90.READ MORE: Swansea City’s style will be back next…

Swansea City shirts: A tale of style and fashion dating back more…

SWANSEA City have announced a new kit deal with Spanish sportswear manufacturers Joma.The agreement brings an end to the Swans’ association with adidas, who made their home and away jerseys for the past five seasons. There have been some classic shirts at the Vetch and Liberty over the years – and some which have not been so easy on the eye.READ MORE: Could Swansea City’s new Joma kit look anything like these?Here we take a look at some of the jerseys worn over the years by Swansea…

Liverpool boss Klopp chases lost spark in Villarreal reunion

London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed that his team will rediscover their mojo in time for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg at home to slick Spanish opponents Villarreal. After a 1-0 first-leg defeat, Klopp saw a much-changed side beaten 3-1 by Swansea City on Sunday and goes into the biggest game of his seven-month tenure on the back of the first successive losses of his Anfield reign. Including a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United, Liverpool have now gone three games without victory in all competitions, but Klopp is confident that they will rediscover their poise when

West Ham and Swansea in market for freescoring striker

West Ham United are set to challenge Swansea City to sign Wilfried Bony from Manchester City this summer, according to The Daily Star. The Hammers are in the market for a new big-name centre forward to spearhead the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium and are expected to splash the cash this summer. Bony was

Steven Caulker’s Liverpool career is over, defender set to return to QPR

Follow @DanPriceMX on Twitter Steven Caulker’s fleeting Liverpool career is over, according to the Echo’s James Pearce. Caulker, who has only played four times for the club since joining in January, has not been involved in a matchday squad since mid-February; he was once again overlooked for the weekend loss to Swansea despite several first […] The post Steven Caulker’s Liverpool career is over, defender set to return to QPR appeared first on The Empire of The Kop.

Swansea City’s style will be back next season, reckons Angel…

ANGEL Rangel reckons Swansea City will return to their fluent passing style in August after admitting they have "lost some of their identity" this season.Victory over Liverpool on Sunday secured Swansea’s Premier League status for another year, lifting them mathematically clear of relegation danger.That has been achieved after a string of impressive wins over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.READ MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tight-lipped on prospect of Joe Allen…

Klopp: Liverpool will play much better against Villarreal

It isn’t an overreaction to say that the performance on Sunday against Swansea was one the worst of the season, arguably the worst under Klopp so far, and showed just how strained the squad has become with injuries and trying to balance both Premier League and Europa League ambitions. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is

John Aldridge: He must start against Villarreal

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says that there should be no question about whether Daniel Sturridge starts against Villarreal in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday night. Sturridge did not play in the first leg in Spain, and although he did play the full 90 minutes against Swansea at the […]

Swansea City announce Joma deal after ending association with…

SWANSEA City have announced that Joma will be their kit suppliers from next season — but the new strips are unlikely to be unveiled until June.Swansea have ended their five-year association with adidas and instead signed what the club are calling a multi-year deal with Joma, who they say will provide them with bespoke kit from next season. READ MORE: Swansea City: Will Nathan Dyer return – and can his success with Leicester City inspire Swans?The Spanish company, who are ranked among the…