Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Southampton 8/5 to beat West Ham in Saturdays Premier League matchup

Competition: Premier League

Market: Southampton to beat West Ham

Odds: 8/5 @ Bet365

A true relegation six-pointer, on Saturday afternoon West Ham will return to the London Stadium for the first time since the chaotic scenes against Burnley earlier in March, with Southampton coming to town this weekend.

A season that is quickly beginning to spiral under control, although many believed that former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes had proven to be the perfect man to lead the Hammers forward, West Ham have begun to freefall down the Premier League football and the prospect of Championship football at the Olympic Stadium is looking more likely by the week. With a string of well-publicised issues away from the pitch, amidst heavy pitch invasion, West Ham slumped to a 3-0 home defeat to Burnley before the international break and have now lost four of their last five. Now sat just two points adrift of Southampton at the foot of the table, Moyes’ side now boasts the second worst defensive record in the whole division and a defeat on Saturday will see them slip into the relegation zone.

As for the struggling Saints, after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino before the international break, Southampton have now turned to former Stoke City manager Mark Hughes to help steer the south coast club away from the drop zone. Currently occupying 18th spot in the Premier League, Hughes knows the importance of carrying on their recent morale pick me up. In his first game in the Saints dugout, Hughes’ new side came past Wigan in the FA Cup to book their spot in the semi-final and a Wembley day out. While they may be sat two points adrift of Premier League safety, the Saints current record is not atrocious, Southampton have lost just one in their last five in all competitions and have lost just one of their last six away from St Mary’.

Bet: Southampton to beat West Ham in Saturdays Premier League matchup 8/5 @ Bet365>>

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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