Looking to pile more pressure onto West Ham and pick up three points in what is being labelled as a December six-pointer, Southampton will welcome the fellow relegation scrappers to St. Mary’s on Saturday evening.
While the Saints may have suffered last-gasp heartbreak at St. James’ Park last weekend, they have lost just one of their last four Premier League appearances and know that another victory on the South Coast would see them climb out of the drop zone.
On the flip side, while Southampton might be a team on the rise, West Ham have continued on what has been a campaign to forget nearing closer to Christmas.
Eventually hit with a 3-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Arsenal in East London on Monday night, the Hammers have lost five of their last six Premier League outings and have recorded just a single victory across any format in their last 11 attempts.
With Southampton picking up back-to-back 2-1 victories at St. Mary’s, you might be interested to know that an identical outcome can be found at 17/2 with Paddy Power this weekend.
A golden chance for Southampton
While Southampton may have watched Newcastle snatch a dramatic late 2-1 win last weekend, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will be glad to make a return to St. Mary’s this on Saturday evening.
Losing just one of their last four top-flight matches and knowing another victory on the South Coast will see them break out of the bottom-three, the Saints can be found as low as 2/7 with Ladbrokes to avoid the drop this season.
One man who should be relishing the chance to come up against the Hammers this weekend will be Southampton’s red-hot leading marksman, Danny Ings.
Once again finding the net against Newcastle over the weekend, the one-time Liverpool striker has continued on what has been a stellar run of form.
Spearheading the Saints’ safety charge, the 27-year-old has four the net in each of his last five Premier League matches on the bounce and has also recorded 10 goals in his last 10 matches across all formats.
You might be interested to know that Ings can be found pencilled in at 11/8 with Bet365 to once again find the net on the South Coast this weekend.
Goodbye Mr. Pellegrini
Despite taking the lead against Arsenal earlier in the week, West Ham eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat on home soil and find themselves in the midst of a real crisis.
The Hammers have lost five of their last six Premier League matchups and are on a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last 11 appearances, a run that stems back to the 22nd of September.
Although they spent over £100million over the summer, the Londoners hold just a one-point buffer over the drop zone and can now be found pencilled in at 3/1 with Betfair to be hit with a shock Championship return next year.
With a toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium after their collapse on Monday night, Manuel Pellegrini’s position in the West Ham dugout has now become untenable.
Now an odds on favourite to be the next manager given the boot, the one-time Manchester City boss is priced as low as 1/7 with William Hill to be given the chop by next week.