Our match prediction:
West Ham United are coming to Southampton encouraged by the home win against Aston Villa in midweek (2-0). This season’s giant-killers will want yet another scalp from a top-flight team in the league, but will have serious problems in achieving this goal, when they face Koeman’s rock-solid defense. The Saints have not conceded in their last four games, the team are high on confidence and are looking to book their first triumph against the Hammers on home turf since October 2010. St Mary’s Stadium proved to be a tough place for scoring goals when it comes to Slaven Bilic’s side, they managed to break the opposition defense only twice in their previous five visits. Given the fact that Diafra Sakho and Andy Carrol are out of the squad, it seems that West Ham United will have the same problem this time out. Ronald Koeman can count on all of his star attackers in the forthcoming clash and we are convinced they will deliver a victory for the home fans.
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.