Preview: West Ham vs Saints

By SFC Media Sat 24 Sep West Ham vs Saints

Get all the information you need ahead of Southampton’s trip to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, at the London Stadium.

What’s at stake?

Southampton head to the London Stadium in search of a fourth successive victory and their first points on the road this season.

The success over Sparta Praha in the UEFA Europa League was followed up by a first league win of the season against Swansea City at St Mary’s, courtesy of a solitary strike from in-form Charlie Austin.

Add to that a progression in the EFL Cup after a 2-0 victory against Premier League counterparts Crystal Palace and Claude Puel’s men can carry confidence to the capital.

Slaven Bilic’s side will be looking to bounce back from three defeats in as many league games.

In their last outing, they went down 4-2 to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns before a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

Team news

Claude Puel has confirmed that he will be without Jay Rodriguez for the trip to West Ham United due his groin problem. 

Sofiane Boufal continues to work his way to fitness after a club-record move and Puel is hopeful to have pair available after the international break.

For the hosts, both recognised full-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have been ruled out, while ttacking options Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are also sidelined.

Form guide:

West Ham United's last five:

• Accrington Stanley (H) W 1-0 (EFL Cup third round)
• West Bromwich Albion (A) L 4-2
• Watford (H) L 4-2
• Manchester City (A) L 3-1
• Astra Giurgiu (H) L 1-0 (Europa League Play-Off)

Southampton's last five:

• Crystal Palace (H) W 2-0 (EFL Cup third round)
• Swansea City (H) W 1-0
• Sparta Praha (H) W 3-0 (Europa League)
• Arsenal (A) L 1-2
• Sunderland (H) D 1-1

Top performers:

Charlie Austin continued his fine goalscoring form in the EFL Cup when he netted his fourth goal in three games, becoming the only Premier League player to score in the league, domestic cup and European competition so far this season.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (4)
Most assists: Cuco Martina (1), James Ward-Prowse (1), Shane Long (1)

Michail Antonio has been the standout performer for West Ham United so far this season. The winger earned an England call in Sam Allardyce’s first Three Lions squad and has scored five headed goals.

Top scorers: Michail Antonio (5)
Most assists: Dimitri Payet (3), Gokhan Tore (1), Arthur Masuaku (1)

Previous meetings:

All-time record:

Played: 101
Southampton wins: 32
Draws: 30
West Ham United wins: 39

Last four meetings:

February 2016: Southampton 1-0 West Ham United (Yoshida)
December 2015: West Ham United 2-1 Southampton (Jenkinson og)
February 2015: Southampton 0-0 West Ham United
August 2014: West Ham United 1-3 Southampton (Schneiderlin 45, 68, Pelle 83)

Did you know?

The team scoring first has gone on to lose this exact fixture in each of the last three seasons, with West Ham coming from behind twice.

West Ham have conceded four goals in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2008, when they conceded four goals in three straight games.

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