Southampton vs West Ham
English Premier League
Date: Thursday, 27 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Ralph Hasenhuttl has already made an impact with Southampton after losing 1-0 at Cardiff City on his managerial debut three weeks ago. The Saints bounced back with successive victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town in past two rounds. These wins helped the team get away from the red zone.
Hasenhuttl’s men are now three points adrift of Burnley in 18th place and they will come into Thursday’s clash with West Ham high on confidence aiming for the third consecutive league victory.
The visitors saw their winning thread come to an end on Saturday when they fell 0-2 at home to Watford. It was a disappointing effort from Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking line which failed to find the back of the net on the occasion. The Hammers were the superior side on the pitch, but they just failed to convert in front of Ben Foster’s goal in spite of their seven attempts on target.
Southampton vs West Ham: Head-to-head
The Saints lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into their 69th encounter with West Ham.
Southampton were the dominant force in home outings against the Hammers with 16 wins, 13 draws and only 5 defeats in 34 H2H games at St. Mary’s.
Each of last four head to head matches saw three or more goals scored.
Southampton vs West Ham: Prediction
We could be in for the continuation of a high-scoring trend in H2H fixtures between these two likes following their impressive attacking showings in recent outings. The hosts notched three goals in each of last two league affairs against Arsenal and Huddersfield. They shipped as many as 33 goals in 18 games so far in the season.
The Hammers scored 11 goals during a four-win streak before the mentioned 0-2 loss to Watford at the weekend at London Stadium. Both teams to score is just the way to go at 1.61 odds, while you can also back the hosts to net two or more goals at the odds of 2.00.
Southampton vs West Ham: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Southampton Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).