Southampton’s journey for a spot in Europe has hit a few detours lately, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men neglecting to win any of their last three Premier League matches. The Saints played out a draw with Arsenal prior to losing on their own turf to Manchester City recently, and an excursion to a striving Fulham spoke to an ideal open door for Hasenhuttl’s side to profit to winning ways for Boxing Day.
In any case, Southampton had two goals precluded on a disappointing evening at Craven Cottage, with Fulham figuring out how to hold the European-pursuing Saints to a goalless draw with Fulham as Hasenhuttl’s men dropped to ninth in the table.
Notwithstanding losing a portion of their nibble without Danny Ings, Southampton are still only two points off the best four and wind up level on points with Aston Villa but villa has two outstanding matches and Hasenhuttl will be requesting a response from his side when West Ham visit the South Coast.
Southampton have drawn two of their last three Premier League matches, however the current week’s hosts are yet to share the crown jewels in a home game this season, and Hasenhuttl’s men have kept clean sheets in every one of the four top flight triumphs on natural domain up until now.
West Ham United were likewise given a prime occasion to return back to winning ways against a stammering Brighton and Hove Albion side, with David Moyes’ men drawing with Crystal Palace and losing to Chelsea before Saturday’s standoff.
Notwithstanding, it was Brighton who attracted first blood because of Neal Maupay’s opener before Ben Johnson at first balanced for West Ham, and Lewis Dunk’s goal for the Seagulls was sufficiently not to put West Ham down as Tomas Soucek sprung up with a late leveler at the London Stadium.
Moyes’ cautious setup drew weighty analysis before the game, and notwithstanding indicating a lot of guarantee prior on in the harvest time, West Ham like Southampton are currently without a success in three Premier League matches.
A point against the Seagulls sees West Ham stay tenth in the table, and with a portion of their European adversaries additionally battling for wins starting late, Moyes’ side are still only three points afloat of the top seven. West Ham have figured out how to come up trumps in their last five meetings with Southampton, with Sebastien Haller scoring the lone goal in this game last season.
Moyes would have without a doubt been the more joyful of the two directors after West Ham’s draw with Brighton, and the guests’ cautious purpose should work well for them against an Ings-less Southampton. Hasenhuttl’s men will be frantic to return to winning routes in this one, and the hosts have not drawn a league game at St Mary’s this season, however we think a low-scoring draw is the most probable result in this match.