The Liberty Stadium

Next Game

Swansea v A Villa

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Sam hopes Swansea are tired

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hoping his team can take advantage of Swansea's European exertions on Sunday.

Last Updated: 27/10/13 at 15:11 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Premier League. Click here to bet.

Sam Allardyce: Hoping Swansea are tired

Sam Allardyce: Hoping Swansea are tired

Michael Laudrup's side drew 1-1 against Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar in their Europa League group match in south Wales on Thursday evening, with a last-minute penalty preventing the Capital One Cup holders from making it three wins out of three in the competition.

A 2-0 defeat at Southampton followed their last Europa League outing and Hammers boss Allardyce is hoping fatigue may be a factor.

"There's a chance it can, there's no doubt about that," he said.

"Having experienced the same situation myself when I was at Bolton the most difficult game to win was always the one after we'd played in Europe.

"Michael Laudrup did make a lot of changes, six changes to the side that beat Sunderland so we'll have to wait and see.

"If there is any advantage we might be able to take with a few of their players having a bit of fatigue then hopefully we can capitalise on that.

"It's really about our players going and playing as well as they know they can and that's line has been set by the performance at Tottenham and I'll be looking for the players to achieve that at Swansea. If we can achieve that type of performance then we'll give them a hell of a game."

Allardyce has examined Swansea's 4-0 victory over Sunderland last week - their first in the Premier League since March - and was impressed.

"I think prior to the Sunderland game I would have talked to the players about any nervous frailties they (Swansea) might have suffered because of the time they have gone without winning at home," he said.

"I suppose it sounds a lot longer than it really was, because there was a break when this record was calculated from last season into this season.

"They'll have taken a lot of confidence from the fact they ended up breaking down Sunderland and getting four goals so that fear might now have left them.

"It's always a difficult game. They've had a terrific amount of progress over a few years and haven't looked back for many, many years and they have some really good players.

"Michael will be expecting them to try and turn home games into another victory and our format is to go and play like we did against Tottenham and see if we can win the game.

"Certainly we need to get some points out of it because we're way down on the points total I expected after the first eight games. It's a big game for us to make sure we play our best and get some points out of."

Bet with SkyBet  Premier League. Click here to bet.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge

Fabio Borini scored a late penalty as Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to dent the Blues title hopes.

Cardiff held, Swans win late

Cardiff's hopes of Premier League survival suffered a blow as they drew 1-1 with Stoke, while Swansea grabbed a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Premier League: Tim Sherwood discusses Sandro snub and his future as Tottenham boss

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood insisted he had "no problem" with Sandro despite dropping him for Saturday's win over Fulham.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property