Get set for Southampton's home Premier League clash against West Ham United with our comprehensive match preview.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints return to St Mary’s looking to respond after a disappointing night against Swansea City on Tuesday.
Shane Long continued on the goal trail to level things at 1-1, but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike proved the difference at the Liberty Stadium.
Just one place and one point separate Claude Puel’s men and visitors West Ham, who have been in mixed form of late.
Back-to-back Premier League successes against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough were followed by a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Southampton: Claude Puel has confirmed that he will be without Virgil van Dijk for two or three months.
Elsewhere, new signing Manolo Gabbiadini could feature in some capacity, while Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse could return from injury. Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen is unlikely to be involved just yet.
West Ham United: Slaven Bilić has a clean bill of health for the trip to Southampton, with Sam Byram expected to recover from a hamstring problem in time to play.
Southampton’s previous five:
Swansea City (a) L 2-1
Arsenal (h) L 5-0 (FA Cup)
Liverpool (a) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (h) W 3-0
Norwich City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
West Ham United’s previous five:
Manchester City (h) L 4-0
Middlesbrough (a) W 3-1
Crystal Palace (w) W 3-0
Manchester City (h) L 5-0 (FA Cup)
Manchester United (h) L 2-0
Shane Long continued his fine goalscoring form in the midweek defeat against Swansea City when he swept home Ryan Bertrand's low, left-wing cross and he will be in confident mood heading into a clash against West Ham United.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Jay Rodriguez (5)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)
Former Saint Michail Antonio has been key for the Hammers since his arrival from Nottingham Forest.
His pace and power out wide has seen him contribute three assists, as well as clocking up eight goals – six of which displayed an aerial prowess he was not previously renowned for.
Andy Carroll has also been in fine form after a sensational strike against Crystal Palace, before a double against Middlesbrough.
Top scorers: Michail Antonio (8), Andy Carroll (5), Manuel Lanzini (4)
Most assists: Michail Antonio (3), Manuel Lanzini (2)
Previous four meetings:
September 2016: West Ham United 0-3 Southampton (Austin, Tadić, Ward-Prowse)
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
DID YOU KNOW?
- West Ham are winless in their last seven away league games against Saints (D4 L3); last winning in Southampton in November 2000 under Harry Redknapp.
- Fraser Forster hasn’t conceded a Premier League goal against West Ham in 333 minutes of action, keeping three consecutive clean sheet in that time.
- Southampton have won their last two matches against the Hammers; they last won three consecutively against them in April 1998.
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