Two sides that are currently on a three winless streak will lock horns this week in the Premier League. Southampton will welcome West Ham at St. Mary’s Stadium this Tuesday with a kickoff at 9 pm.
The Saints failed to find a way past Fulham on Boxing Day as they played out a goalless stalemate with the Cottagers. On the other hand, West Ham ended with sharing spoils with Brighton after a 1-1 draw.
Southampton’s pick of form looks like to have hit rock bottom in recent weeks, with Ralph Hassenhult failing to pick a win in any of their last three Premier League matches. The Saints played out a draw at Arsenal before losing out to Manchester City on their turf earlier this month.
The side looked set to make it back to their winning ways against Fulham during the weekend. It proved a frustrating match for Fulham with two goals ruled out at Craven Cottage. It ended with a goalless stalemate with the Saints dropping to ninth.
West Ham was handed a major chance to make it back to winning ways against a stuttering Brighton side. David Moye’s side picked up a draw to Crystal Palace and losing to Chelsea before Saturday’s showdown. There was heavy criticism for the Hammer’s backline, with the Saints conceding in each of their last three Premier League matches.
Southampton vs. West Ham Head to Head
Both sides have 18 games against each other, with Southampton taking home five wins while West Ham with nine wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Fulham 0-0 Southampton
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Southampton 3-0 Sheffield United
Brighton 1-2 Southampton
West Ham 2-2 Brighton
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Leeds 1-2 West Ham
West Ham 1-3 Man United
Southampton Team News
Midfielder Oriol Romeu is back in contention after being suspended on their trip to Craven Cottage. The Spaniard will slide in to replace Ibrahima Diallo in the heart of midfield. Jannik Vestergaard, who has been a shining light, remains on the sidelines for four weeks with a groin injury.
West Ham Team News
The match comes too soon for recovering Antonio, who is back in full training. We expect several changes to the side, with Lanzini coming in to replace Mark Noble. Pablo Fornals provides another option in attack.
Prediction and Odds
The defensive issues for West Ham meet similar ones for Ralph Hassenlhult, thus billing to be a killer match
Correct Score: 1-1
Goals Under 2.5