Making a return to winning ways last weekend and ending their three-match losing run, Southampton will once again look to close the top-half deficit when they make the trip to the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Putting in an eye-catching display and picking up a 2-0 win over another relegation scrapper in Aston Villa last time out, the Saints also have a growing reputation for being an away day specialist after winning four of their last five Premier League matches on the road.
On the flip side, while West Ham may have put in a shock display at Anfield on Monday night, the Hammers once again fell short in their 3-2 defeat on Merseyside and still find themselves at the heart of a real relegation scrap.
While Saturday’s hosts might be looking for their first top-flight victory since New Year’s Day, the East London outfit did pick up a 1-0 win when they made the trip to St. Mary’s earlier in the season and another Hammers victory can be found priced at 17/10 with Ladbrokes.
“We must stop the individual mistakes”
Although few would have expected West Ham to take a shock second-half lead at the soon to be champions on Monday night, two howlers from #1 keeper Łukasz Fabiański helped Liverpool pick up a 3-2 win and plunge David Moyes’ side into more trouble.
With the former Manchester United boss demanding his side cut out some shocking individual mistakes since he took over at the London Stadium, the Hammers open the weekend one-point adrift of safety and in the midst of an eight-match winless run across all competitions.
With more protests against their board scheduled before Saturday’s game, there is no doubt that fans around East London will be most concerned by their side’s continued issues at the back.
Shipping another trio of strikes against Liverpool earlier in the week, Moyes’ side have now conceded at least a pair of goals in their last five Premier League matches on the bounce.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like West Ham can be found priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power to once again ship over 1.5 goals at the London Stadium this weekend.
Danny Ings to steal the show?
Picking up a well deserved 2-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend and ending their losing run, the mood in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s camp should once again be on the rise.
Hoping to mount another top-10 charge and also winning four of their last five Premier League matches away from the South Coast, there is no doubt that the Saints should be confident of making another statement this weekend.
If Southampton are to find a route back into the top half of the table, then there is no doubt that the former RB Leipzig boss will be calling on leading marksman Danny Ings to lead their charge in the capital.
While the one-time Liverpool striker may not have found the net last weekend, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign at St. Mary’s and is heavily tipped with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Recording 18 goals across all competitions since opening the 2019/2020 campaign and finding the net in Southampton’s last away matchup against Spurs in the FA Cup, Ings can be found at 21/20 with Bet365 to extend on his tally in East London.