Can the high-flying Swans burst the Hammers' bubble?
The first weekend of the Premier League threw up some great results, but standing head and shoulders above the rest were Swansea City, whose 5-0 victory at Loftus Road saw QPR capitulate whilst new Spanish striker Michu shot to the top of Twitter trends. Their opponents this weekend, West Ham United, also revelled in three points after a 1-0 victory over a hollow Aston Villa ensured their return to the glitz and glamour of the Premier League was an enjoyable one.
In their second consecutive season of top flight football, the Swans have started this campaign with a bang. Not scoring a goal in the first month of football last year saw a shaky start and prophecies of doom floating around south Wales, but the great brand of football that Brendan Rodgers had his team playing consolidated their place in the league. Now managed by Michael Laudrup, it seems as though that same style is being continued at the Liberty Stadium with the same core as last year's squad minus influential midfield talent Joe Allen who, along with Rodgers, moved to Europa League contenders Liverpool. Spanish defender Chico and former Arsenal and Rangers midfielder Kyle Bartley join Michu as the new arrivals to the Welsh team, but it is the former Rayo Vallecano striker who cost only £2m who has the potential to star for Laudrup's side. If you think Michu can continue his great start to the season by scoring in a Swansea win, click here to see our Enhanced Anytime Wincast.
Last season's Championship play-off winners West Ham showed on the first Saturday of the season that they are more than capable of scoring a controversial goal against weak side in a tepid 1-0 home win, but whether or not the team can hack it in the top flight is yet to be seen. However a trip to Liberty Stadium definitely presents a difficult task and the Irons will need to be strong at the back to quell the Swansea attack. The strongest part of the east Londoner's team is their own attack, and with last week's winning goal scorer Kevin Nolan controlling the team, he is sure to be in with a chance to net again. IF you think that Nolan will bag a goal in a West Ham win, then click here to see our Enhanced Anytime Wincast.
In their first meeting in the league in almost 30 years, this promises to be a open game to kick off a great weekend of Premier League football. It promises goals as West Ham have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their past 27 top flight matches, whilst Swansea's 5-0 last weekend was their biggest in the team's history in the upper echelon of English football. William Hill are offering an attractive price of 5/2 on the over for 3.5 goals, and you can see our full range of football betting here.
Coming back into the lineup for Swansea is Danny Graham, who led the team in goals last year. The burly striker netted 12 times last season, an achievement only bested by Grant Holt and Wayne Rooney as highest scoring Englishmen. If you fancy Graham to challenge the likes of Rooney this season in the golden boot charts, then view our full range of prices on ‘Top Goalscorer here.
This is the early kickoff today, with coverage starting at 12:30 on Sly Sports 1, kicking off at 12:45.