Premier League action returns as Southampton travel to West Ham on Sunday. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …
West Ham vs Saints
Sunday 2 April, 2pm BST
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Neil Davies
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The significance of Sunday’s clash in the capital cannot be understated as two teams in the bottom three go head-to-head as Premier League action returns.
It’s been a difficult few weeks in the league for David Moyes’ side, who have found themselves fall down the table as the battle for survival ramps up.
While they still sit bottom of the table, Rubén Sellés’s men have seen an upturn in form in recent weeks, claiming a huge point against Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
Finding themselves 3-1 down with just 13 minutes to play, Theo Walcott pulled one back before captain James Ward-Prowse kept his nerve from the penalty spot to provide Saints with a lifeline with ten games left to play.
Only two injury concerns for the hosts as Lukasz Fabianski and Michail Antonio recover from injury.
Long-term absentee Juan Larios has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, while Tino Livramento has returned to first team training.
ONES TO WATCH
Danny Ings: With Michail Antonio’s fitness not yet clear, the former Saint could find himself in the starting line-up on Sunday and will undoubtedly cause problems for the Saints defence.
Romain Perraud: The left-back has scored in both of his previous outings against West Ham in the league. Consistently posing a threat down the left flank, the Frenchman will be eager to add to his goalscoring tally in the capital.
Jarrod Bowen 9
Michail Antonio 8
Saïd Benrahma 7
Benrahma, Rice 4
Antonio, Paquetá, Soucek 3
Ché Adams 10
James Ward-Prowse 9
Romain Perraud 4
Adams, Ward-Prowse, Mara 3
Perraud, Elyounoussi 2
HEAD TO HEAD
West Ham: 80
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
October 2022: Saints 1-1 West Ham (Perraud)
March 2022: Saints 3-1 West Ham (Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Broja)
December 2021: West Ham 2-3 Saints (Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Bednarek)
September 2021: Saints 0-0 West Ham
May 2021: West Ham 3-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- Coming into this weekend’s games, Southampton have picked up the highest share of their Premier League points this season away from home (57% - 13/23).
- Southampton are looking to win consecutive league visits to West Ham for the first time since April 1992
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