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Southampton vs West Ham Prediction & Match Preview

Southampton vs West Ham
England – Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium.

The absence of striker Danny Ings was keenly felt by Southampton away at Fulham on Boxing Day, as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men failed to find the net and were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw without their key up top.

The Saints weren’t without their chances however, hitting the woodwork and having two goals disallowed for offside, one following VAR’s intervention.

This will give them confidence should they be without Ings again for the visit of West Ham to St Mary’s. The Hammers were disappointed themselves last time out, drawing 2-2 after needing from come from behind twice against lowly Brighton.

A close game appears in prospect, but Southampton will be well aware of their wretched record against their opponents, having lost their last five Premier League matches vs West Ham.

Such a record could have a psychological impact on the Saints and with Ings not expected to recover from injury in time to feature in this one, the visitors double chance may prove the smart play here.

Southampton vs West Ham: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Southampton West Ham played so far 27 matches.
Southampton won 8 direct matches. West Ham won 13 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.67 goals per Match.

Southampton vs West Ham: Prediction

Southampton in actual season average scored 1.56 goals per match. In 7 (87.50%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (37.50%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

West Ham average scored 2.09 goals per match in season 2020. In 9 (90.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (90.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu is back in the fold after serving a suspension against Fulham, and the Spaniard could slot straight back into the team in place of Ibrahima Diallo.

Ings and Nathan Redmond were both ruled out of the trip to Fulham with muscular problems and are unlikely to be back for this one either, while Jannik Vestergaard is sidelined for the next few weeks with a knee injury.

Hasenhuttl could be tempted into a couple of alterations after waiting until the dying embers to make any substitutions on Boxing Day, with Moussa Djenepo potentially returning to the first XI.

West Ham frontman Michail Antonio was not risked for the visit of Brighton despite returning to training, and it would be a surprise to see the 30-year-old given the green light to feature on Tuesday.

Changes will most certainly be made by Moyes, though, with Manuel Lanzini potentially replacing Mark Noble after being brought on at half time against the Seagulls, although Pablo Fornals is also an option for the visitors.

Said Benrahma continues to struggle for game time under Moyes, but Jarrod Bowen's spot should be safe despite being sacrificed alongside Noble during the interval on Sunday.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Long

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell, Johnson; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Haller