Southampton vs West Ham
Competition: Premier League
Date: 04 February 2017
Although they were again beaten badly by Manchester City, West Ham will still believe they are on the up as they prepare to take on Southampton, a team that despite the Hammers falling a spot down the log, are still ahead of in the race to get into the top 10.
West Ham have had a pretty good revival seeing as they were staring down the barrel of a relegation battle at a stage. They look as if they have regained some of the form that saw them shine last season and managed to string together some good wins over the past few games Currently they are in 11th, thanks to the 4-0 defeat to City, but they just seem to be susceptible to that style of play as they also lost 5-0 to the same opposition. Against Southampton they will feel more confident, but they will have to work hard away from home.
Southampton continue to float in and around mid table with their current run not looking too good. They had managed to get a win after four successive losses, for what they would have hoped signaled the turning of the tide, but having lost again in midweek to a relegation threatened team like Swansea, it would appear that things are not all good down the south coast of England. Southampton are down to 12th at the moment, and they really need to stop the rot, the thing being that West Ham are directly above them, by only a single point, so there is plenty on the line in this game.
Southampton vs West Ham: Head-to-Head Stats
There is some real equilibrium between these teams over their 29 encounters. West Ham do hold the advantage with 12 wins compared to Southampton’s 10, and there have been seven draws, but overall it is a fairly even fixture. But, when these two met at the London stadium earlier this season, it was a big 3-0 win for Southampton.
Southampton vs West Ham: Prediction
West Ham may be coming off a 4-0 loss, but Slaven Bilic and his charges need to just put that down to not having the tools to deal with Pep’s men. They will feel more comfortable facing a stuttering Southampton despite losing 3-0 at home in their first encounter. West Ham are on the rise, while Southampton decline, and being so close to each other historically and currently, form is everything.
Southampton vs West Ham: Tips
West ham still have quite a leaky defence, and although Southampton’s goal scoring has not been spectacular, this should still be a game where both sides score as West Ham win.