Southampton host West Ham United on Thursday, in what is shaping up to be a Christmas cracker of a match at St Mary's.
The Saints head into the game in a buoyant mood, with their enigmatic new manager leading his side to two straight wins on the bounce. The Hammers are also having a decent time of it, having won four of their last five matches.
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Where to Watch
|When Is Kick-Off?||Wednesday 26th December|
|What Time Is Kick-Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Being Played?||St Mary's Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Soccer Special/BT Sport Score|
The Saints are without
For the Hammers, fox-in-the-box
|Southampton||McCarthy; Valery, Yoshida, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Targett, Romeu, Lemina, Armstong, Redmond, Ings.
|West Ham United||Fabianski; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Felipe Anderson; Antonio, Carroll
Head to Head Record
There's not been a draw in the last six outings between the sides, with both teams picking up three wins a piece. Last season, the match at St Mary's saw the Saints emerge victorious in a five-goal thriller, with Charlie Austin's last-gasp penalty giving his side a 3-2 win over the Hammers.
West Ham won the last game between the two sides back in March, strolling to a comprehensive 3-0 win at the London Stadium, with a
With Mark Hughes sent packing, Southampton have looked a far better side under their new manager.
Here's how the two sides have faired in their last five fixtures:
|Southampton||West Ham United|
|Huddersfield Town 1-3 Southampton (22/12)
||West Ham 0-2 Watford (22/12)|
|Southampton 3-2 Arsenal (16/12)||Fulham 0-2 West Ham (15/12)|
|Cardiff City 1-0 Southampton (08/12)||West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace (8/12)|
|Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Southampton (05/12)||West Ham 3-1 Cardiff City (04/12)|
|Southampton 2-2 Manchester United (01/12)||Newcastle 0-3 West Ham (01/12)|
This fixture absolutely reeks of goals. In their past five meetings there's been 16 of them. With both sides favouring an adventurous style of football, it's likely to be a real ding dong battle between the two sides.
West Ham are very, very good on the road this season, but a vibrant St Mary's atmosphere is likely to galvanise the hosts. Therefore, it's looking like it'll be an entertaining, high scoring draw.
Prediction: Southampton 2-2 West Ham
Source : 90min