By Dominic Toner

West Ham will be without midfielder Pedro Obiang against Swansea as he serves a one-game suspension and are likely to bring in Edimilson Fernandes as his replacement.

Slaven Bilic is expected to make just the one forced change to his starting XI as he keeps faith with the players that beat Hull in their last game.

The Hammers have defeated Hull and Burnley by 1-0 scorelines in their last two matches and have moved up to 13th in the Premier League table as a result.

The Londoners travel to the league’s bottom club on Boxing Day to face Swansea and will hope to continue their recent form.

West Ham started the season slowly following their move to the London Stadium, but have now settled on a permanent formation and that is not expected to be altered against Swansea.

Darren Randolph is set to keep his place in goal despite criticism in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on 11 December.

Bilic has settled on a three-man defence and Cheikhou Kouyate, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to retain their places.

West Ham’s only change will come in midfield and the reliable Obiang will be forced to miss out due to his suspension.

The 24-year-old has been one of the club’s most consistent performers this season and has made 19 appearances across all competitions.

Fernandes is expected to come into the starting line up and partner captain Mark Noble in the centre of midfield.

Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are set to continue their defensive roles as wing-backs and give the attack great width.

Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll are expected to retain their attacking positions and will be keen to add more goals to their game.

In other West Ham team news, Paul Merson has predicted why the club will lost against Swansea.