West Ham v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2018
Olympic Stadium - Premier League
Its a real relegation dogfight as West Ham host Southampton, with the winner set to end Easter weekend clear of the bottom three. Southampton have been in better form of late, with just one loss in their last five, with the Hammers winning just once in the same period.
The two faced off on match day two of the season, in what turned out to be a thrilling 3-2 win for Southampton. The Saints went ahead early on through a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini and a Dusan Tadic penalty. However, two goals from Javier Hernandez levelled the score, only for substitute, Charlie Austin to score in the 92nd minute.
David Moyes will gladly welcome back Arthur Musuaku and Edimilson Fernandez at the weekend, with the former having completed his six game ban. With a number of players featuring in the international break, the manager has been lucky to avoid any injury complications, with Manuel Lanzini netting his first goal for Argentina.
Mark Hughes will be delighted to have Charlie Austin fit for the manager's first game in charge of Southampton, with the club's struggles in front of goal a factor in his predecessor's dismissal. The former Stoke boss will be without Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis, as both pulled out of their international duties in the week due to minor injuries.
West Ham v Southampton Preview and Predictions
West Ham's defeat to Burnley was marred by crowd unrest, although this should not distract from an utter capitulation by the Hammers side. Excuses cited distractions and interruptions to play as reasons for Moyes' side's defeat, however, Sean Dyke's side showed the mental strength to ignore their surroundings and get a result.
This seems to typify West Ham at the moment, who are certainly not short of quality players, but seem to lack the belief to close out games. At their best, the likes of Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic should be able to fire the Hammers to safety, but, for their club at least, none of the stars are putting in consistently high quality performances.
Southampton are in a similar situation, where their league standing misrepresents the strength of their squad. However, the Saints main problem this season has been putting away chances. The fact that Charlie Austin, who has been injured for over two months, is their top scorer, shows how poor Hughes' strikers have been. Between them Gabbiadini, Shane Long and January signing Guido Carrillo have just five goals.
With Hughes replacing Mauricio Pellegrino as manager, and Austin returning from injury, the Saints should have the quality to fire themselves to safety, with West Ham being a possible victim of their resurgence.
Austin to score anytime at 15/8
The striker needs to return to form fast and a goal would be a real boost.
Over 3.5 goals scored at 3/1
The Hammers have let in 11 goal in their last three games, and Austin has a point to prove in his first game back.