Former Liverpool star and current BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has said that West Ham will have to watch out for the talents of Swansea City forward Jordan Ayew in their clash on Saturday.
The Swans were in action in midweek as they saw off Sheffield Wednesday during their FA Cup replay, the Premier League side securing a 2-0 victory over their Championship counterparts.
The Hammers meanwhile have had a week to lick their wounds after a humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield, a result which has left them sitting just three points ahead of the relegation zone in 13th.
Ahead of the two sides’ clash at the Liberty Stadium, Lawrenson believes that the danger man will be Jordan Ayew, who, despite playing just 45 minutes in the win over Wednesday, was the game changer for Carlos Carvalhal’s side.
He also insists that a point would not be a bad thing for either team, with both battling relegation, and boldly states that any one of eight sides could be the side who struggles to pick up victories between now and the end of the season, resulting in the drop.
Predicting a 1-1 draw between the Swans and the Hammers, he wrote in his column on BBC Sport’s website: “Whoever was watching that game on behalf of West Ham will have noticed that Jordan Ayew completely changed the game once he came on for Swansea in for the second half.
“Both teams will be looking to steady the ship a little bit, and I don’t think a draw is a bad result for either of them.
“It is important that West Ham get something because they are only three points above the relegation zone. Every year there is one team in the bottom half that just bombs at the end of the season and hardly wins a game.
“There are at least eight contenders and West Ham are one of those in the mix. It is hard to see any of the struggling teams going on a sustained run of positive results.”
The reverse fixture of this clash ended 1-0 to the Irons, Diafra Sakho netting a last-minute winner at the London Stadium back in September.