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Team news: Sam Allardyce says his side must stop Swans’ strike threat
Sam Allardyce knows his West Ham side will have to cancel out the goal threat already exhibited by Swansea when he takes the Hammers to south Wales for today’s early kick-off.
Both sides got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start last weekend but while the Londoners earned a narrow 1-0 win at Aston Villa, the Swans thumped QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road in Michael Laudrup’s first game in charge.
“What impressed me most was the quality of the finishing,” Allardyce said.
“Apart from the first goal - Robert [Green, QPR goalkeeper] knows he should have stopped it - the others were all quality goals. That should thrill Michael.
“To finish with that quality means you’ve got goals in your team and we’ve got to nullify that on Saturday, and not allow those spaces to occur for those players to have those chances.”
It took Swansea until January to record an away win in the league last season but, following their mauling of QPR, Allardyce has said his side will be ready to take advantage of any over-confidence among the Swansea players.
He said: “I don’t know [if they will suffer from over-confidence], I hope so because if there is we may be able to take advantage of that. But somehow I don’t think there will be.
“Everybody found it a hugely difficult task to beat them at their ground. On the back of them trying to continue that, and their magnificent result against QPR, it will be a tough, tough match.”
West Ham could hand a debut to club-record signing Matt Jarvis after he moved from Wovlerhampton Wanderers for a fee in the region of £10.75million, including add-ons.