West Ham v Southampton – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 31 March 2018 at 12:45pm
This afternoon the Saints visit the London stadium in probably one of the Hammers’ biggest games since the Playoff final against Blackpool in 2012.
Both sides are in abysmal form and the league table doesn’t lie. The Hammers sit in 17th on 30 points with a (-21) goal difference, 2 points ahead of Southampton on 28 points with a (-15) goal difference so to say this is a six pointer is a massive understatement.
The Hammers have also lost three of the last four league games against Southampton including the disastrous 3-0 home defeat last season.
The visitors will also have a new Manager in their dugout since they last played in the League with former Stoke City boss, Mark Hughes taking the reigns and he successfully ended their run of 3 games without a win by overcoming Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Quarter final 2 weeks ago.
The Hammers have had a 3 week break from any action of note and aside from a trip to Miami and a friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge they’ve had plenty of time to think about the last outing against Burnley which was a disaster both on and off the pitch.
As per the norm the injury news is good and bad depending on how you look at it. As confirmed by @exwhuemployee yesterday James Collins will miss the game after suffering a re-occurence of his hamstring injury, Manuel Lanzini is also a doubt for the game after only returning to training yesterday following a knock suffered on his goalscoring outing for Argentina during the International break. The Hammers will welcome back Arthur Masuaku after his 6 game ban for spitting and Edimilson Fernandes should return to the squad after ankle surgery ruled the young Swiss star out for 3 months.
After the initial warranted praise that David Moyes received for turning the club’s form around, the majority of the fanbase are in doubt once again because of the current form and the team selection in most games. Once again Moyes will leave Chicharito Hernandez on the bench and that will not go down too well considering the Irons have had basically no attacking threat in their last three league games.
Predicted teams :
West Ham United : Hart, Zabaleta, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Rice, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Joao Mario, Antonio and Arnautovic.
Southampton : McCarthy, Soares, Bertrand, Hoedt, Stephens, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Carrillo, Redmond
The Hammers need to win this game it’s as simple as that and somehow, someway the players/Management need to get the fans behind them with their performances on the pitch and that has to start today, I think it will with a 2-1 home win for the Irons.