Southampton welcome West Ham to St Mary’s Stadium in a crunch Premier League clash.
Victory would lift Southampton out of the relegation zone, whereas West Ham could climb into the top ten depending on results elsewhere swinging in their favour.
Southampton have no fresh injury concerns to report following last weekend’s defeat at Manchester City, as Valentino Livramento (knee) and Romeo Lavia (muscle) remain ruled out.
West Ham could welcome Michail Antonio back into the starting line-up after he sat out their midweek UEFA Europa Conference League win against Anderlecht due to illness.
Craig Dawson (leg) and Angelo Ogbonna (hamstring) are doubts but Maxwel Cornet (calf) and Nayef Aguerd (ankle) remain absent.
- Southampton have claimed five points from their last five league meetings against West Ham (W1, D2, L2).
- West Ham are unbeaten in their last four visits to Southampton (W2, D2), with both draws finishing goalless in December 2020 and September 2021 respectively.
- In 40 previous Premier League meetings, both Southampton and West Ham have had three players red carded.
- Southampton have scored one goal and conceded eight goals in their last four matches.
- West Ham’s summer signing, Gianluca Scamacca is yet to score away from home in the Premier League this season.
Although defeat was pretty much guaranteed at Man City last weekend, Southampton should be fairly relieved to concede only four goals given their defensive issues, amidst wasted attacks which they need to halt if they’re to convert chances into wins.
West Ham meanwhile have finally hit their strides following a fourth consecutive win in all competitions, especially as evidenced by how dominant they were against Anderlecht on Thursday evening so they just need to try and continue their momentum here.
All pressure though will be on the Saints who need to step up their performance but if the Hammers can start on the front foot and frustrate Southampton into more sloppy attacks, I can see the visitors clinically hitting them with a winner.
Prediction: Southampton 0-1 West Ham
Result: Southampton 1-1 West Ham