West Ham v Swansea City preview – Happy Hammers set to stop Bony
Wilfried Bony close to being a West Ham player, reveals Sam Allardyce
December 5th, 2014
In a parallel universe, Wilfried Bony is playing for West Ham United, with Sam Allardyce opting to sign Andy Carroll instead of the Ivorian two years ago.
Allardyce said: “We signed Andy Carroll and it was one or the other. It couldn’t be both and we ended up getting a deal done with Andy so our interest ended because we couldn’t do both. We didn’t have enough money in the budget that year.
“We spent big money on Andy and the rest had to be proportioned out for the considerable amount of other players we needed at the time.
“I think it is very difficult to stop him,” he added. “In the main it’ll be about not only the defenders but the team as a whole stopping the supply. If you work hard on shutting down their midfield and wide areas and limit the supply then that is the best way forward, but that won’t happen all the time”.
Indeed, Gylfi Sigurdsson is another danger man for the visitors who have enjoyed a good start to the season, although most of their points have come on home soil.
Swansea have failed to record victory on the road since Old Trafford on the opening day of the season and hindsight teaches us that this was a good time to be facing Manchester United.
Garry Monk would settle for a point from this match and both draws on the road have been goalless ones although we fancy West Ham to nick the odd goal and continue their excellent start to the campaign.
The chance to go third is the carrot for the Hammers and perhaps this is when Andy Carroll opens his account for the season.
West Ham to win @ 29/20 with BetVictor