Southampton’s difficult start to the new Premier League season continues as they welcome an in-form West Ham side to St Mary’s on Saturday.
The Saints are yet to register a victory this season, which began with a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Everton on the opening day of the campaign.
Despite this, a valiant performance against title hopefuls Manchester United earned them a hard-fought point going into their fixture with Newcastle.
Despite an 8-0 demolition of Newport County in the Carabao Cup, the Saints left it late – until the 96th minute – thanks to a penalty converted by James Ward-Prowse to snatch a point away from Newcastle in their 2-2 draw at St. James’ Park prior to the international break.
However, life is looking very different for David Moyes’ side who are on track for their best ever start to a Premier League season should they avoid defeat on Saturday.
With the Hammers scoring ten goals in their first three games, Michail Antonio has been an integral part of his side’s impressive tally after registering himself four goals and three assists – and celebrations to match.
After an impressive comeback against Newcastle on the opening day, West Ham truly announced themselves in fine fashion following their surprise 4-1 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, who will be looking to make it a third time lucky in their hunt for a Champions League place.
The Hammers will be disappointed in not making it three wins from three after leading twice in their last game against Crystal Palace, who took away a well-earned point from the London Stadium.
Saints have just two victories in their last ten matches with West Ham as the London side have proven to be a tricky opponent over the years, though manager Ralph Hasenhuttl goes into the game with few injury concerns.
Theo Walcott is the only notable absentee for Southampton, while David Moyes also looks to have a fully fit squad.
Hammers fans will be hoping to see new signing Kurt Zouma make his debut for the side after his £25m move from Chelsea.
Southampton vs West Ham – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 11th September 2021.
Author: Joel Tudor