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7th Apr, 2017 | 6:30am

Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham v Swansea

By Dominic Toner

Mark Lawrenson has predicted West Ham to beat Swansea 2-1 in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

The Hammers host the Swans at the London Stadium and are in desperate need of points after losing their last five consecutive games.

Slaven Bilic’s side have slipped down to 15th in the league table and are just five points above the drop zone.

They suffered a crushing 3-0 away defeat to Arsenal in their last game and genuine fears of relegation have begun to settle in.

BBC pundit Lawrenson has tipped West Ham to beat relegation rivals Swansea 2-1 at the weekend and feels that their concerns will be eased with a vital three points.

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“The Hammers were rolled over by Arsenal last time out but this is a chance to get some breathing space over the bottom three, and leave Swansea in big trouble,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “This is a huge game for Slaven Bilic and his side, and I think they will win it.”

West Ham were hopeful of competing for Europe this campaign, but have really strugggled during their first season at a new ground.

They may take encouragement ahead of the Swansea game after producing one of their standout performances of the season so far in the reverse fixture.

The Hammers managed a 4-1 away victory against the Welsh club in December and will be looking for a repeat display.

Bilic’s side have been poor defensively recently and will be craving a rare clean sheet against 18th-placed Swansea.

In other West Ham news, James Collins has come up with a plan to end their horror run.

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