Match Preview: Saints vs West Ham

By SFC Media Fri 18 Aug Saints v West Ham

All the information you need ahead of Southampton's clash against West Ham in the Premier League.

THE MATCH

Southampton vs West Ham United
Saturday 19th August, 3pm BST
St Mary’s
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?


After a dominant display in Mauricio Pellegrino’s first game in charge against Swansea, Saints head into this one looking for their first victory of the season.

They had to settle for a point in the 0-0 draw despite fashioning a number of opportunities, including Manolo Gabbiadini hitting the woodwork.

Visitors West Ham will be looking to bounce back after their 4-0 defeat against Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: Mauricio Pellegrino has no injury concerns for the visit of West Ham, with Ryan Bertrand having recovered from the knock he sustained against Swansea.

Alex McCarthy is also back fit after featuring the under-23s 4-0 success against Reading.

West Ham United: Michail Antonio is expected to return to the squad after coming through a Premier League clash with Everton on Friday.

Elsewhere, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Cheikhou Kouyate all remain sidlined.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

Swansea City (h) D 0-0
Sevilla (h) W 2-0
FC Augsburg (h) L 0-4
Saint-Étienne (a) W 0-3
Brentford (a) D 2-2

West Ham United’s previous five:

Manchester United (a) L 4-0
Manchester City (n) W 0-2
Altona 93 (n) D 3-3
Werder Bremen (n) D 2-2
Werder Bremen (n) L 1-0

TOP PERFORMERS LAST TERM

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (8), Manolo Gabbiadini (6)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (7), James Ward-Prowse (5), Ryan Bertrand (4)

Top scorers: Michail Antonio (9), Manuel Lanzini (8), Andy Carroll (7)
Most assists: Michail Antonio (6), André Ayew (3)

ONE TO WATCH

Marko Arnautovic was a club-record signing for the Hammers this summer from Stoke City.

The 28-year-old consistently impressed for his former club in the top-flight and will be looking to make an instant impact for Slaven Billic’s men.

An Austrian international, Arnautovic scored 26 times and registered 32 assists in 126 games for Stoke.

Former Saint Michail Antonio top-scored last season for this weekend’s visitors and he will also be a threat from wide areas.

ALL-TIME RECORD

Played: 103
Southampton: 33
Draws: 30
West Ham United: 40

PREVIOUS FOUR MEETINGS

February 2017: Southampton 1-3 West Ham United (Gabbiadini)
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)

DID YOU KNOW?

Southampton have won two of their last three Premier League games against West Ham, as many as in the previous nine combined.

The last time West Ham lost both of their opening two games to a league season was in 2010-11, the season they suffered their second relegation from the Premier League.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

If you're at St Mary's tomorrow, don’t forget to look out for Saints Foundation’s pre-match family activities by the Virgin Media Hub and in the family areas.

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