Southampton vs West Ham: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday's Premier League fixture at St Mary’s

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Ronald Koeman’s ever-impressive Southampton will be looking to further substantiate their top-four credentials with a fifth win in six in the Premier League when they host West Ham United on Wednesday.

Last out Southampton secured a 1-0 victory over QPR – their fifth consecutive away win – courtesy of Sadio Mane, who struck in stoppage time to put his team third.

The Hammers on the other hand found themselves on the end of a late goal this weekend, and come into the fixture on the back of a draw with Manchester United, where Daley Blind struck late on to ensure his side a share of the spoils.

Carlton Cole was included on the bench for West Ham against Manchester United, despite his deadline day disappointment, and has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games against Southampton, so may be due a start.

Meanwhile, Mane has scored four in his last five Premier League games for the Saints and appears to be their current biggest threat going forward.

This season Southampton have been defensively sound and have conceded the fewest amount of goals in the Premier League, while the Hammers have scored a league high of 14 headed goals.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Ham United 1 (Noble) Southampton 3 (Schneiderlin 2, Pelle), Premier League, August 2014

West Ham United 3 (Jarvis, Nolan, Cole) Southampton 1 (Yoshida), Premier League, February 2014

Southampton 0 West Ham United 0, Premier League, September 2013

STATS…

Mark Noble has scored more goals against Southampton in the Premier League than against any other opponent.

Despite their position in the Premier League, Southampton have lost three of their last six home matches, while the Hammers have won just one of their last seven away games.

Sadio Mane has scored four in his last five Premier League games.

If West Ham lose the fixture it will be their 300th defeat in the Premier League.

ODDS…

Southampton to win: 1.75

West Ham United to win: 5.25

Draw: 3.8

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:45pm

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