Liverpool legend tips West Ham to beat Swansea City in vital clash

Liverpool legend and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has tipped West Ham United to bring an end to their five-game losing run in the Premier League by beating Swansea City in a vital clash at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The sequence of defeats has left the Irons just five points above the relegation zone and the 18thplaced Swans in what has been a disappointing season for the club in their new home.

The latest loss came in a 3-0 reverse against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, and it was one that meant the Hammers have now conceded 16 goals in their last seven top flight matches.

Despite the supposed lack of confidence running throughout the side and the increasing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic – whose future is set to be decided at the end of the campaign – Lawrenson believes they will get the win that will take them one step closer to survival.

The pundit told BBC Sport: “The Hammers were rolled over by Arsenal last time out but this is a chance to get some breathing space over the bottom three, and leave Swansea in big trouble.

“This is a huge game for Slaven Bilic and his side, and I think they will win it.”

West Ham will move nine points clear of the relegation zone if they do pick up all three points against the Welsh outfit, leaving them just four points short of the magic 40 mark.