West Ham v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 30, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham host Southampton on Saturday afternoon, although neither side has much to play for in their remaining two games. Even so, the Hammers put on an impressive performance to beat Tottenham in the week, whilst the Saints are finally looking a threat going forward.
West Ham have won the last two meetings between the sides, with a brace from Felipe Anderson outweighing a Nathan Redmond strike when the teams met at St Mary's earlier this season.
Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to make many changes to the side that won at the weekend, although Jack Wilshere may be eyeing up the space in midfield currently held by Robert Snodgrass. Samir Nasri and Andriy Yarmolenko have both missed out through injury in recent weeks, but the former may be fit for the bench on Saturday.
Ralph Hassenhuttl appears to have firmly selected his strongest XI, and the returning Yannick Verstergaard is the only likely change from last weekend's side. Danny Ings is expected to lead the line once again, with James Ward-Prowse continuing in midfield and Yan Valery at right-back.
West Ham v Southampton Predictions and Previews
Southampton guaranteed their Premier League status with a draw against Bournemouth in the last round, but will need to rouse themselves again for Saturday's game. West Ham, for all their inconsistency, can be a dangerous side on their day and will be confident of beating the Saints.
Having gone without a win in four, Manuel Pellegrini's side put in a determined and professional performance to beat Spurs on Saturday. Despite having a squad awash with attacking talent, it was the Hammers defensive solidity that earned them all three points on the day.
With the manager surely looking ahead to next season, he would do well to notice how his offensive players are still able to unlock defences even whilst fulfilling their own defensive responsibilities. Michael Antonio who struck at the weekend, and Felipe Anderson, who is 23/10 to score against Southampton, might be more comfortable going forward, but are clearly more than capable at tracking back.
Spurs' lack of an-out-and-out striker doubtless helped West Ham to keep their clean sheet, and the Hammers won't have this luxury against Southampton. Danny Ings may not have been prolific since moving to Liverpool, but is willing to scrap in the box and will cause problems for any back line, whilst Shane Long looks a man reborn with four goals in his last five games.
Hassenhuttl, with safety assured will be looking to rebuild his squad over the summer, and the remaining two games could save or end a few Southampton careers. With pride and reputation at stake on Saturday, it will be interesting to see which set of players comes out on top.
Shane Long to score anytime at 11/5
Hassenhutll placed his faith in the out-of-favour forward, and it has doubtless been repaid.
Both teams to score at 8/15
With the impetus on West Ham to score, we may see a more open game than at White Hart Lane.