For once, Saints fans can go into tomorrow’s clash with a great deal of optimism. Stringing back to back wins together for the first time since April 2017, Ralph Hasenhuttl has been a breath of fresh air since arriving on the south coast.
Beaten at home to Watford 2-0, it left West Ham sitting 12th in the table heading into the festive season. Yet, just two points off 8th, tomorrow’s clash appears getting back to winning ways is vital. Since making a disastrous start to the campaign, where they lost their first four matches, Manuel Pellegrini’s men has made something of a resurgence.
Michail Antonio: Although plagued with injury problems in recent years, Antonio always seems to relish playing at his old stomping ground. With an abundance of athleticism and energy, Antonio can be a danger due to his incisive runs from out to in, along with having good aerial ability from crosses.
Robert Snodgrass: After spending much of last season out of favour and left out in the cold, including being offloaded on loan to Aston Villa, the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has enabled Snodgrass to finally find a place in the squad. Working his way into the starting lineup, Robert Snodgrass has helped fill the void left by Manuel Lanzini, who has spent much of the campaign injured. Offering a great delivery from crosses and set pieces, Southampton must ensure they defend their box well against the Scot.
Last five results for Southampton:
Southampton 2 – 2 Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Southampton
Cardiff City 1 – 0 Southampton
Southampton 3 – 2 Arsenal
Huddersfield Town 1 – 3 Southampton
Last five results for West Ham United:
Newcastle United 0 – 3 West Ham
West Ham 3 – 1 Cardiff City
West Ham 3 – 2 Crystal Palace
Fulham 0 – 2 West Ham
West Ham 0 – 2 Watford