Both teams finished high above expectations in the league table last season, both have balanced teams that are far from relegation zone, both teams achieved four points each from their first three games, on paper, both teams are equally strong.But what is lying for these two teams in this season? Both spent a record sum of money in the last transfer window.
The owners and the fans are hoping for a better finish than last season. It is not easy to say who did better business in the transfer window as it is too early to look at the league table, we must see their marquee signings performing before we reach into any solution. Let us talk about this Saturday, who is stronger among these two teams on the following Sunday?
Who will compete with the stronger side at the St. Mary Stadium? We believe it will be Southampton. Because you see, West Ham have their four key men injured. The man they bought by the club’s record transfer fee Andy Carroll is out with a serious calf injury, Stewart Downing recently picked up a leg injury, fan favorite Joe Cole is also out with a hamstring injury, and Alou Diarra has an injury in his knee (funny that all these four men are former Liverpool players). It would not be an easy task for the visitors to cope up without these men.
What to expect from this match
The most interesting thing to see in this match is how West Ham perform with four of their key squad members. The England international Stewart Downing performed reasonable against Stoke City in the last fixture, he helped his team to make some decent attacks, but unfortunately, he is now out with an unknown duration of time. Downing could be replaced by several names but would it be an easy task for the visitors to find success without them? For Southampton, this is their time to snatch all three points from a wounded West Ham United. The last time these two teams met on this ground was last season which ended 1 – 1. Same result might not repeat this time.
Players to watch out for
Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) : Made his first eleven debut against Norwich, did a promising job, just could not score. But the Italian international is capable of scoring tons of goals. The 27 year old is the main man in Southampton squad to watch for.
James Collins (West Ham United) : West Ham have to defend well against Southampton because they currently have no other options but to play little bit defensive. The Wales international played the part for his team against Stoke in the last game and to prevent the strong attacking lineup of Southampton, West Ham must keep faith on him.
Southampton : However, they lost to Norwich in their last fixture, we still don’t see any changes could be made in Southampton lineup against West Ham. We think their lineup would remain unchanged against West Ham.
West ham United : Two changes are possible in the lineup, one of them is obvious as the injured Stewart Downing’s place could be taken by Ravel Morrison and Modibo Maiga who performed absolutely disastrous in the last fixture could be replaced by the new signing Mladen Petric.
We predict a comfortable victory for the home side. As I said earlier, it is Southampton’s time to snatch all three points from the wounded West Ham United and they must keep a clean sheet too.
Predicted score line : Southampton 2 – 0 West ham United
Predicted scorers : Lambert, Osvaldo (Southampton)