West Ham vs Southampton: Premier League – LIVE!
The Premier League’s two bottom clubs meet in east London today as David Moyes’ Hammers look to dispel a deepening relegation crisis against an unpredictable Saints team.
A four-game unbeaten run at home in the league has helped boost West Ham’s confidence at London Stadium yet, with rivals now beginning to pick up points, the clock is ticking on their bid to rise up the table while keeping their impressive European campaign alive. Like their opponents, the Hammers are dealing with key injury doubts ahead of kick-off.
Next up is the visit of a Southampton side that have recently helped their survival chances with results against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United – and they are also unbeaten in their last four meetings with West Ham. Follow West Ham vs Southampton LIVE via Standard Sport’s matchday blog below, featuring expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at the ground.
Southampton manager Ruben Selles feels everyone at the club must trust in the process if they are going to maintain their Premier League status.
“We talk about how we are in a process and we are building things,” Selles said. “The first goal against Tottenham is a clear process. We had a chance after two minutes which showed the movement we want to do and we had more chances with those same movements which showed we didn’t lose structure.
“Even though we were two goals down, we stuck to the plan. Even with the finishers, with the substitutions, we stuck to the plan. We knew we were going to score goals.
“There are ups and downs when you are trying to build something, but the points are there and I think we can get some more wins in the last 10 games.”
David Moyes believes his West Ham players are ready to fight for their Premier League lives.
“Yes, I do, I think the players are ready,” he said. “I think we’re in a good frame of mind and we’re ready to go and hopefully, go on and try and pick up the points to make sure that we’re not near the bottom end of the league.
“Our results in Europe have been really, really good – 10 matches unbeaten – and that’s kept us going a little bit, kept the belief.
“We’re certainly not acting behind the scenes like we are a team in the wrong part of the league. I see the players around the club in good spirits and that’s partly because of our results in Europe.”
Head to head
In each of their last six meetings at the London Stadium, one of these teams has scored three goals.
West Ham wins: 80
Southampton wins: 52
Today’s game is a huge clash down the bottom of the table. A win for either would be huge in their battle to beat the drop, and West Ham are the clear favourites.
- West Ham: 8/11
- Draw: 27/10
- Southampton: 4/1
Odds via Betfair.
The Hammers are in fine fettle at home, where they are unbeaten in four, and should have enough threat in front of goal through ex-Saints man Danny Ings to score some goals.
Southampton, meanwhile, are quite tough to predict right now but have too many issues at the back to make themselves favourites in east London.
West Ham to win, 2-1.
Early Southampton team news
Southampton are hopeful both Mohammed Salisu and Che Adams will be available today following their return from international duty carrying minor issues.
Armel Bella-Kotchap (shoulder) is still sidelined, however, while defender Juan Larios (hamstring) has been ruled out for the season.
Early West Ham team news
Lukasz Fabianski is set to be available again after recovering from a set of facial injuries suffered against Nottingham Forest, with Michail Antonio (calf) and Vladimir Coufal (heel) also likely to be involved.
However, the Hammers are sweating over the fitness of Emerson Palmieri, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd after they picked up knocks on international duty.
Where to watch West Ham vs Southampton
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 1pm on the Premier League channel.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
West Ham vs Southampton
Hello and welcome!
West Ham host Southampton today in a, quite frankly, mega relegation six-pointer.
Bournemouth’s win yesterday dropped the Hammers down to 19th making this a clash of the bottom two in the Premier League – yet three points would catapult either up the table.
Kick-off from London Stadium comes at 2pm BST and we’ll have all the build-up, match action and reaction right here on Standard Sport.