The 6ft 3in frame of Andy, Thomas, “Andy” Carroll looms large among the nightmares of many a Premier League defence.
Arsenal can certainly attest to the sheer devastation an on-song Carroll is liable to cause, having afforded the pony-tailed colossus a hat-trick in early April.
The Gunners, Manchester City and Chelsea all featured among the striker’s five most-scored-against opponents, showing that even the Premier League’s finest are in no way immune to his force-of-nature powers.
Yet their woes at the hands, feet, head and elbows of the Geordie battering ram pale in significance next to those suffered by Swansea.
No side has sustained more Carroll punishment than Francesco Guidolin’s men across his career.
In his seven meetings with the Liberty Stadium outfit they have shipped five goals to their nemesis, conceding another three times to players he has assisted.
The Irons’ centre-forward is 6/5 to notch at any time against the Swans at the Boleyn Ground, 7/2 to bag first and 5/2 to score as part of a home win.
He could hardly be in more ominous form for the visit of his many-times-bitten enemies, having struck seven times in his last seven games for Slaven Bilic’s side.
Swansea’s torrid times against Carroll are doubtless factored into West Ham’s 9/20 favouritism in match betting which makes the Welshmen 23/4 outsiders for three points and the draw a 13/4 wager.
The hosts also have more reason to be fired up for the match than their guests, as they still retain outside hopes of Champions League qualification.
Swansea, by contrast, are floating aimlessly towards the campaign’s conclusion, 16 points from Europe and 11 from the drop.
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