West Ham United once again find themselves amidst a crisis. They have lost their last three games in their league, and the 3-0 home defeat to Burnley was a real blow for the club.
The Hammers will face fellow relegation strugglers Southampton in a crucial relegation six-pointer at London Stadium on Saturday.
Following a period of recovery under David Moyes, the Hammers again find themselves battling against the drop. Following their defeat to the Clarets, they have dropped to the 17th spot with 30 points.
They only have a two-point lead over the Saints, who are in the 18th-place with 28 points. A win for the Saints will see them move above the London club in the league table.
However, Southampton have had struggles of their own this season. They have played too many draws this season and have managed just five wins. Following the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle in their last league game, the South Coast side decided to part ways with Mauricio Pellegrino and appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager.
Hughes led them to a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the quarterfinals, but his real job will begin with the trip to London on Saturday.
Earlier this season, the Saints claimed a 3-2 win over the Hammers at St Mary’s Stadium.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Match Facts
The Saints have claimed just one win in their last 17 games in Premier League.
At the same time, Southampton have lost only two of their last 12 games in all competitions.
The Hammers have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three league games.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Team News
Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes, Andy Carroll, Sam Byram and Winston Reid are set to miss out for the hosts. Cheikhou Kouyaté, Manuel Lanzini and James Collins are also doubts for the game.
For the hosts, Steven Davis is ruled out and Charlie Austin is still not fully fit to make the squad. Ryan Bertrand is also a doubt.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Match Odds
The Saints are favourites to win here and they are available at their best odds of 17/10 at Bet365. A home win is available at 2/1 odds at Betfred.
However, we are going for a draw in this fixture and our prediction is available at 9/4 odds at Bet365.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the most likely outcome in the betting market, and you can pick this bet at its best odds of 11/2 at Bet365.
We are going for a 2-2 draw for our prediction and this bet is available at the best odds of 16/1 at Bet365.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Both Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini are available at 23/10 odds at Paddypower. For the Hammers, Marko Arnautovic is available at similar odds and we are backing him as our prediction in this game.
Chicharito is another option at very similar odds in the betting market.
West Ham United vs Southampton – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect to see at least three goals in the game, and we are backing over 2.5 goals as our prediction in this game. This bet is available at 5/4 odds at BetVictor.