Manuel Lanzini has had an excellent debut season at West Ham

By Matt Farr

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has made two changes to the side that scraped past Hull on Saturday.

Bilic has chosen to omit Manuel Lanzini from his side to face Swansea on Monday afternoon, instead preferring Andre Ayew, with the banned Obiang making way for Havard Nordtveit.

Nordtveit has made only nine league appearances this season, and has played just two minutes of league action since the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on December 11.

He comes in for Obiang who is suspended, having picked up his fifth booking of the season against Hull.

Ayew, meanwhile, replaces Lanzini in a three-man Hammers attack, and the former Swansea man still has plenty of work to do to impress the Hammers fans after his summer move.

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The line-up was revealed on the club’s official Twitter account:

There are also a few changes on the bench for Slaven Bilic, who brings in youngsters Alex Pike and Declan Rice. Domingos Quina has another opportunity to make his Premier League debut, after he was an unused substitute last time out.

West Ham favourite Aaron Cresswell starts in his usual role on the left-hand side for Bilic, and will be making his 100th appearance for the club.

West Ham have been performing well below-expectation this season, but two consecutive league wins has put some distance between them and the relegation zone.

The Hammers have now lost just three of their last 10 league games, and could rise to 10th with a win.

Swansea, meanwhile, will be desperate to put an end to their current slump. Francesco Guidolin struggled to get the Welsh side out of their relegation battle, and his successor Bob Bradley has fared no better.

The Swans are currently 19th in the league, with just two wins from their last 10 league games, and have conceded 11 goals in their last three defeats.

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