Paul Merson predicts West Ham v Swansea, delivers relegation warning
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has predicted West Ham to record a 1-1 draw against Swansea on Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes this is a “massive game” for the home side who can be dragged into the relegation battle if they lose.
Slaven Bilic has seen his team suffer five defeats on the bounce in the Premier League, including losing 3-0 at London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday night.
As a result, they enter this game in 15th, five points above their opponents, who currently occupy the final relegation spot.
Ahead of what will be a nervy encounter, Merson delivered this relegation warning and how significant three points will be for both teams.
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“What a massive, massive game this is,” Merson told Sky Sports. “If Swansea win it could bring West Ham right back into the relegation battle. It’s must-win for West Ham, and if they can that should see them safe, but it would put Swansea into massive trouble.
“It could be a nervy one, but I think it will be a draw.”
The one positive for Bilic is that during the reverse fixture in December, his side recorded an impressive 4-1 win at Swansea.
In that match, Andre Ayew, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll were the players on the scoresheet.
Now, he will be hoping his attackers can deliver the goods and help the team move away from the danger zone.
Dropped points for the London-based side will see the chasing pack close the gap on them in the table with the Premier League season in its final few months.
After this match, the Hammers will travel to rock-bottom Sunderland before playing Everton and Stoke for the final few games of April.
In other West Ham news, James Collins has come up with a plan to end the Hammers’ horror run.