Two teams in top form to meet on Saturday
Last updated: February 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The St. Mary’s Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Southampton proved they are in good shape. The Saints won 10 points from their last 4 Premier League games. In addition, they managed to earn a point at The Emirates Stadium in the last round of the competition. Ronald Koeman’s players are looking for a position in the European tournaments next season, so they will give their best to beat West Ham at The St. Mary’s Stadium.
On the other hand, West Ham are performing really well. The Hammers won 2-0 against Aston Villa in the 24th round of The Premier League. Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate scored the goals during the second half of the game. Moreover, West Ham reached The FA Cup 4th round replays, after finishing with a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
The first game of the season between these two teams finished with a 2-1 victory for West Ham. The Hammers turned things around after being 1-0 down at half time. Antonio and Carroll found the net to secure the three points for West Ham. But, when the teams have played at The St. Mary’s Stadium in the past, West Ham only won 4 of 31 games.
Florin Gardos is the only injured player in Southampton’s squad. The Romanian defender is expected to return at the end of the month.
Andy Carroll is injured for West Ham. The Englishman has a hamstring problem. He scored 3 goals in 13 appearances this season.
Lanzini and Jenkinson are the other injured players in The Hammers’ squad. The defender scored 2 goals in 20 matches for West Ham during the campaign.
Jay Rodriguez has resumed full training. The midfielder hasn’t taken part in an official game since 17th November 2015. Now, he can be used again by the manager.
Quotes of the week
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “Not in one-and-a-half years managing Southampton has a team created what Arsenal created in opportunities today.”
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “We played exactly how we should in the second half. We played attractive attacking football and we didn’t panic.”
|Southampton (4-2-3-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Clasie, Tadic, Mane, Long.|
|Subs||Martina, Gazzaniga, Austin, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Wanyama, Yoshida.|
|West Ham (4-3-3):||Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Song, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Antonio.|
|Subs||Jelavic, Cullen, O’Brien, Obiang, Randolph, Moses, Oxford.|
|Injured:||Jenkinson, Lanzini, Carroll.|
So far this season
|Southampton this season||West Ham this season|
|6 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (5)|
|4-0 vs. Arsenal||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Liverpool|
|2 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|4 (4)||(at home) Losses (away)||2 (3)|
|0-3 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||1-4 to Tottenham|
|Pelle (6)||Top scorer||Payet (6)|
|Mane (6)||Assist Leader||Payet (4)|
|Y36, R3||Discipline||Y33, R4|
|8||Failures to score||4|
|9||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|11||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|13||Under 2.5 Games||11|
- The last three matches between these two teams at The St. Mary’s Stadium finished with a draw. Two of these games finished with the correct score 0-0.
- The game is one of the most unpredictable matches. Southampton have won 22 of 63 games. There have been 20 draws and 21 victories for West Ham.
- Southampton are on a run of 3 consecutive home Premier League wins. The Saints scored 9 goals and kept a clean sheet in all of these games.
- West Ham lost their last away match 2-1 to Newcastle. Ayoze Perez and Wijnaldum scored for The Magpies, while Jelavic found the net for The Hammers.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|28/12/15||The Premier League||West Ham 2-1 Southampton||C. Jenkinson (OG) 13′|
|11/02/15||The Premier League||Southampton 0-0 West Ham||—|
|08/12/14||The Premier League||West Ham 1-3 Southampton||M. Noble 27′|
|11/05/14||The Premier League||West Ham 3-1 Southampton||M. Yoshida 8′|
|19/10/13||The Premier League||Southampton 0-0 West Ham||—|