Kick-off: 1945, 27/12/2018
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Southampton vs West Ham
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival has certainly given Southampton a boost and they take on West Ham bidding for a third Premier League win on the trot.
The Hammers had been in good form themselves but their four-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-0 loss at home to Watford.
We think the Saints now have more momentum, so 5/4 they claim another victory is our opening Southampton vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton moved three points clear of the bottom three as they won back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since last April by following up a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Arsenal with a 3-1 triumph at Huddersfield.
Nathan Redmond’s opener and a Danny Ings penalty put the Saints two up at half-time when visiting John Smith’s Stadium.
Philip Billing pulled a goal back for Huddersfield in the 58th minute, but 18-year-old Michael Obafemi’s first senior goal wrapped up the points.
Asked if he has been surprised by the instant impact he has had after replacing Mark Hughes, Austrian Hasenhuttl said: “Surprised, I think is the wrong word.
“I saw the intention from the first day to bring things on the pitch that we are talking about and what we try to teach them.
“It was amazing that in these two games we shoot six goals. It shows me we really have quality.”
Saints, though, do also leak goals and have not kept a clean sheet for eight games, so we also like a home win and over 2.5 goals at 21/10 from the Southampton vs West Ham odds.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Targett, Redmond, Armstrong, Ings.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham sit 12th in the Premier League after seeing their winning run halted by Watford, who are only three points clear of them in seventh.
To be fair, Michail Antonio hit the woodwork twice, Javier Hernandez missed a gilt-edged chance and Robert Snodgrass was denied by a stunning save from Ben Foster.
Troy Deeney had opened the scoring for Watford from the penalty spot after Fabian Balbuena upended Robert Pereyra, before Gerard Deulofeu added a second late on.
Snodgrass said: “It’s just bitterly disappointing because we have created chances, we’ve hit the bar, we’ve hit the post and their keeper has pulled off unbelievable saves, so it’s one of those games.
“We need to take our chances at this level if we want to have any chance of being in that top-six position. It’s back to the drawing board and we’ve got to come back from what is obviously a bad result.”
We reckon the Hammers will suffer further festive woe, as we round off our Southampton vs West Ham betting tips by backing a 2-1 home win at 33/4.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Antonio, Hernandez.
Huddersfield 1-3 SOUTHAMPTON – Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings (pen), Michael Obafemi
WEST HAM 0-2 Watford
Head-to-head: West Ham 3-0 Southampton, Southampton 3-2 West Ham, Southampton 1-3 West Ham, West Ham 0-3 Southampton, Southampton 1-0 West Ham, West Ham 2-1 Southampton
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