Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at St. Mary’s Stadium pits together Southampton and West Ham United. The Saints played out a goalless draw with Swansea City on the opening day of the season, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into goals. Southampton had 29 goal attempts and 13 corners in the draw with Swansea and, no doubt, they are capable of beating the Hammers, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United. New signings Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic failed to impress in the opening match of the season and seeing that Slaven Bilic’s men often struggle on the travels, we predict that they are going to return to London empty-handed. Italian attacker Manolo Gabbiadini should be deployed up front as a lone striker for the Saints and the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international. After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies. Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.