WEST Ham picked up maximum points in just one of their last 10 Premier League assignments, losing seven and drawing twice during a miserable couple of months.
The Irons’ 1-0 win at Chelsea at the end of November hinted at a change in fortunes, though that shock victory was an anomalous result buried inside a run of five defeats in six matches.
Arsenal ended a nine-match stretch without a win at West Ham’s expense on Monday in a 3-1 triumph that pushed the Irons into a deepening crisis.
Southampton were beaten 2-1 at Newcastle in their last Premier League outing, though the Saints found Martin Dubravka in excellent form and were unlucky not to take anything from the game.
Before their loss at St. James’ Park, Southampton had taken seven points from nine, holding Arsenal at the Emirates, and beating fellow relegation candidates Watford and Norwich in successive fixtures at St. Mary’s.
The Saints upswing in results has been powered largely by the form of centre-forward Danny Ings, who has found the net in each of his last five appearances for the club, and with spirits starting to lift in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad, Southampton will be confident that they can beat an ailing West Ham team this weekend.
With West Ham seemingly caught in a stasis of poor form and managerial uncertainty, Southampton look well positioned to take advantage this weekend, and the Saints are priced generously to take three points on Saturday.
At the other end the Saints scored exactly two goals in three of their last four games and we expect them to notch two more against a West Ham side that have shipped 2.1 goals across their last eight league fixtures.
PREDICTION: SOUTHAMPTON TO WIN OR DRAW