The marketing team at Sky Sports may struggle to bill this clash as Super Sunday.
Snoozy Sunday would perhaps be a more fitting description.
But when there’s a predictable low scoring game on the horizon, with it comes ample opportunities to plot a successful punt.
In all six Premier League matches involving Southampton and West Ham United this season, the under 2.5 goals bet has reaped maximum rewards and following that trend again at 3/4 looks the way to play this market.
Along with ploughing in to the under 2.5 goal line, it would be rude not to take advantage of bwin’s incredibly generous offer of refunding correct score bets if Rickie Lambert scores.
That’s right, if the man who notched 15 Premier League goals for Southampton last season fires again against the Hammers, then bwin will return all stakes to customers who had a bet on the correct score market.
All the smart money is being plunged down on low scoring draws, with both 0-0 (7/1) and 1-1 (11/2) seeing plenty of market support.
Saints, who can be backed at 5/6 to win the match, are a richly progressive side under Mauricio Pochettino but free-scoring is something they are not, finding the net just four times in their last eight Premier League matches.
West Ham, an un-backed 7/2 shot to register an away win (something they haven’t done in six months), have goal problems too.
Andy Carroll has been ruled out for the remainder of this year with an injury which leaves the Hammers missing a player their whole attacking formula is based around.
Without the strength and scoring ability of the £15m striker, it’s hard to see how they’re going to improve their strike rate of just 12 goals in their last 11 games.
Dutching stakes on 0-0 and 1-1, with the security of a refund if Lambert finds the net, looks a bet of profitable proportions.