West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini’s job appears to be on the line with his team just one point above the relegation zone. Failure to beat fellow strugglers Southampton this weekend could spell the end of the Chilean’s reign.
The Saints, meanwhile, saw their recent upturn in form grind to a halt with a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last time out, but it must be said Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were unlucky to come away with no points from St James’ Park.
In terms of team news, the Hammers have six players currently on the sidelines. Andriy Yarmolenko (back) and Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) have joined Jack Wilshere (groin) on the treatment table.
Manuel Lanzini (shoulder), Lukasz Fabianski (hip) and Winston Reid (fitness) are also unavailable for the Saturday evening kickoff.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Southampton:
Martin, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Anderson, Fornals, Antonio
Southampton have one fitness concern ahead of the match. Stuart Armstrong has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem and remains a doubt for the weekend.
Southampton’s Predicted XI:
McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Ings, Long
The bookmakers have the home side as favourites with Betfred pricing them at 10/11 for the win. A draw is 3/1 with Betfair while a West Ham victory is currently 3/1 at BetVictor.
Predicted Score – 2-1 to West Ham