West Ham vs Southampton
English Premier League
Date: 31st March 2018, Saturday
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London).
West Ham face Southampton on matchday 31 of the English Premier League 2017/18 season, a match otherwise easy go down as the biggest relegation battle of the current campaign.
The Hammers are 17th and the Saints are 18th and 2 points separate them at kick-off. A win is essential for the visitors to move into safety, yet a draw will keep David Moyes and his men out of relegation zone.
West Ham have a number of key players in the injury list since a while now. The likes of Andy Caroll, Manuel Lanzini, Cheikhou Kouyate, James Collins, Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang and Samuel Byram are all sidelined. The 3-0 home defeat to Burley last time is their third defeat on the bounce and they have managed only 1 win from the last 7.
Southampton too, are coming on the back of a humbling defeat. They lost away to Newcastle 3-0 and got the win-less run stretched to 4 games. On the other hand, they have only 1 win to show for from the last 17 Premier League games.
So, it is not a surprise that the team part ways with Mauricio Pellegrino and roped in the experienced Mark Hughes as the new manager. The Welsh managed started his stint at the club with a 2-0 win at Wigan in the FA Cup quarter final. With Charlie Austin returning from injury, the Saints have a good reason to be in a positive mold for the trip to East London.
West Ham vs Southampton: Head-to-head
- There are no stalemates in the last 5 h2h meetings between the two sides, Southampton won 3 as against West Ham’s 2.
- The reverse of the corresponding fixture resulted in a 3-2 Saints win.
- Their last 5 h2h matches at West Ham’s home ground saw over 2.5 goals. Five of the last six saw both teams scoring.
- Southampton won 2 and lost 1 from their last three away matches with the Hammers.
West Ham vs Southampton: Prediction
This is a tough game to call since the sides are in relegation battle, yet they did well in respective home and away matches. As mentioned earlier, West Ham were beaten just twice in their last 9 home games. But Southampton lost just 1 of their last 8 away games in all competitions. Moreover, the Saints are handed a boost with the appointment of Mark Hughes as head-coach. So, this is a game expected to go down to the wire. We must expect a similar contest as in the reverse of the corresponding fixture and the match can result in a win for either sides.
West Ham vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score at 1.90 odds
Over 1.5 goals in the second half at 2.25 odd.
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