Mario Lemina returns and Hammers make five changes: Southampton vs West Ham match preview and confirmed team news
A resurgent Southampton will be desperate to continue their stunning form with a Premier League win over West Ham tonight.
Saints’ revival under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been splendid and they come up against a Hammers side who fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Watford last time out.
Previously, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had been on a four-game winning run though, so Hasenhuttl will be wary.
However, Southampton have only lost one of their previous nine home league games against West Ham (W4 D4), with that lone defeat coming in February 2017.
West Ham, meanwhile, are looking to win back-to-back Premier League games against the Saints for the first time since October 2001 when they won four on the bounce.
What the managers are saying
Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton): “They showed they learned now to defend. That’s the first step in the right direction. What you also saw is that we have quality when we win the ball.
“We scored three times against Arsenal and also three times against [Huddersfield], a team that is really good at defending normally with a good reverse gear.
“When we work like we did until now, then we have a chance to stay [up]. But if you stop now, we have 15 points now, and that wouldn’t be enough.”
Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “We have the last game of the first part of the season and if you told me after we lost our first four games that we can finish with 27 points, I’d think that would be a good first round for us.
“We know we have to play a good game against a team that have won their last two games. We will try to recover the points that we lost at home. We will try to add three points more to get to 27.
“This squad demonstrated already that we have the character to improve after that slow start.
“We now try to think in the next game that we will be able to do it. We don’t have any doubts about that.”
The hosts make one changed as Mario Lemina comes in for suspended midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini has made five changes to the team that lost to Watford and only name six substitutes from a possible seven on the bench.
Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Targett, Romeu, Lemina; Redmond, Armstrong; Ings
Subs: Stephens, Long, Austin, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Gunn, Ramsey
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Creswell; Rice, Obiang, Snodgrass, Diangana, Felipe Anderson, Perez
Subs: Carroll, Adrian, Noble, Masuaku, Xande Silva, Coventry
Source: SportsLatest TS