The 3 reasons why West Ham man must be backed to score

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Andy Carroll only scored four goals through the entirety of 2015, but is already having a much better 2016.

Seeing him find the net at any time against Swansea City in his next match is priced at 23/20 and here are three reasons why that will happen:

Form

As mentioned earlier, Carroll is having a good time in front of goal this year, particularly in his last few games.

The 27-year-old has registered seven strikes over 2016, with six of them coming in his last seven outings.

A hat-trick against Arsenal was the undoubted highlight, but he also managed to put the ball in the net against Chelsea, Leicester and Watford in that run.

Flourishes against the Swans

Carroll didn’t play when the Hammers made the trip to the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season and he would surely have been disappointed to miss out on facing a team he thrives against, especially as the match finished 0-0.

In his four appearances for the east Londoners against the Welsh outfit, the towering forward has scored on as many occasions.

Indeed he bagged a brace when the Swans last travelled to Upton Park to give his side a 3-1 win.

The only encounter between these two that he’s played in and failed to score came when he was sent off just before the hour mark in 2014.

Swansea can’t deal with headers

Despite having the likes of the six foot Ashley Williams in the backline, Francesco Guidolin’s men struggle when the ball is in the air.

The Swans have let teams have 79 headed chances at them, the eighth highest in the Premier League.

Furthermore, they have let in 50 goals overall this campaign, meaning they have the seventh-worst defensive record in the top flight.

Indeed, they let in four in their last away match, against champions Leicester, and Leonardo Ulloa managed to find the net with his head.

Five of Carroll’s nine goals in the Premier League this season have come with his head, making the upcoming visitors to Upton Park the perfect opposition for the Tyneside-native.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.