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West Ham United FC vs Southampton FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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Struggling West Ham host bottom club Southampton in relegation clash

  • West Ham and Southampton are two of the candidates for relegation this season
  • The Hammers, in 18th, have just one win from their last six
  • Southampton have the same record but are a point further behind at the foot of the league

West Ham to win 1-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, London Stadium

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Time is running out for both West Ham and Southampton to make one final push for survival this season, with both clubs looking destined for the drop as things stand.

West Ham have stuttered this season under David Moyes after several seasons of challenging nearer the top of the league than the bottom.

Despite significant spending in the summer window, things haven’t clicked for them this time around. Their excellent form in the Europa Conference League may not have helped their hectic schedule this season.

Southampton have no such excuses but are on their third manager of the season. Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nathan Jones have fallen by the wayside, although Ruben Selles doesn’t appear to have much better luck.

With so many teams stacked up so closely together, there is still a chance for both teams but they need to start winning soon.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won six of their last 10 against Southampton, losing one

     Unbeaten in their last four at home

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have already lost 14 games this season equalling last season’s total

     Emerson, Aguerd and Scamacca are all fitness concerns

West Ham’s manager David Moyes remains positive that his players can earn enough points to be safe at the end of the season but they need to start picking them up sooner rather than later.

Wins have been difficult to claim all season and the Hammers just haven’t scored with the same consistency of previous campaigns.

Although Gianluca Scamacca was signed to great fanfare in the summer, it has still sat on the shoulders of Antonio and Bowen to get the goals.

When they have had quiet periods, West Ham have faltered. They do have a game in hand over the teams around them, which could work in their favour.

They have a good record against Southampton and have played well at home recently.

Star Man – Jarrod Bowen

Bowen’s season has been in fits and starts although he remains West Ham’s top scorer. All of his last eight goals have been at home and he could do with continuing that here.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Won this fixture last season

     Have collected more points away than at home this season

Reasons to be fearful

     Have only earned 11 points from their 14 games since Hasenhuttl was sacked

     Only scored four away goals since Christmas

Southampton’s chances of survival hang by a thread and they are certainly favourites to go down this season. Teams have come back from their position before, but it’ll take something very special.

The Saints have been through three managers this season. Frustratingly, in the 14 games since Ralph Hasenhuttl was sacked, they have collected fewer points than they had in the same number of games under the Austrian.

Ruben Selles, brought in last summer as Hasenhuttl’s assistance, has a hell of a job on his hands to save this team from relegation. 

While Southampton won this fixture last season, they are in a different place right now. 

Star Man – James Ward-Prowse

Offers such a threat from set pieces and has scored all four of Southampton’s away goals since Christmas. Southampton rely on his quality too much and they would be even worse off without him.

     Atmosphere will be tense at the London Stadium

     Can either side find a way to goal?

     A defeat could be too much for Saints to come back from

West Ham are the more likely of the two teams to survive this season, but the London Stadium will make for a testy atmosphere this weekend.

Their fans know that they must start picking up points more frequently to survive and they cannot afford to drop more here.

Southampton appear to be doomed and will move closer to their fate if they lose here.

West Ham to win 1-0

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Author: Ross B.