Southampton Vs West Ham United Betting: Southampton – 14 December 2019

Saints revival to reconvene at St Mary's?

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Southampton Vs West Ham United

Saturday 14th December 2019 – 17:30 Kick-Off
English Premier League
Pick: Southampton to WIN
Odds: 10/11
Bookmaker: Ladbrokes
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(All betting odds displayed were correct as of time of writing: 12th December 2019 at 23:50)

Preview: Last week’s evening kick-off on the Saturday was arguably the most absorbing game of the Premier League season thus far. This clash between Southampton and West Ham United could therefore struggle to reach those heights in front of the Sky cameras at St Mary’s.

Southampton Vs West Ham United Live Stats & Betting Odds

 

Southampton Preview – Saints reaping the benefits of having a ruthless striker?

Their mini-resurgence may have reached a shuddering halt last time out in Newcastle but there can be no doubt as to the noticable improvements made to this Southampton (18th – W4 D3 L9, GF18 GA35) side in recent weeks. Also, the board deserve some credit for persevering with the manager, who did appear to be nearing the end of his tenure before galvanising his troops for a crucial period of fixtures versus teams positioned in the lower half of the league.

Focusing more on the 2-1 loss at St James’ Park, which could and should have been a more prosperous outcome based not solely on them taking the lead through that man again, Danny Ings (who is now one of only two players in the club’s history to score in five straight PL games), but because it was Ralph Hasenhuttl’s players who remained lively throughout. The Saints were the better side and carved out the bulk of the game’s best chances (xG: NEW 1.29 – 1.92 SOU). Ultimately, though, it was a first loss for four matches (W2 D1 L1).

Prior to last week, Southampton’s form had picked up drastically, collecting seven points from nine when only two points were recorded across the previous eight fixtures. That is stark improvement. The downside, unfortunately, will be an inability to stem the flow of goals currently being conceded, with their last shut out in the league dating right back to 14th September when they beat Sheffield United 1-0 away. Since then it is eleven successive fixtures without a clean sheet, with each of the last six producing goals for both teams.

 

Danny Ings Anytime Scorer
11/8

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West Ham United Preview – Hapless Hammers on downward spiral?

This is truly beginning to feel like the longest last chance saloon in history for Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham (16th – W4 D4 L8, GF18 GA28) manager who seems absolutely powerless in preventing this ambitious club from further sliding down the Premier League table. The one ray of hope during otherwise bleak times was produced at Chelsea, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. But even that shock triumph has swiftly been extinguished by a return to the norm: which is losing games.

Monday Night Football had all the pre-match hype, with The Hammers versus The Gunners. East London against North London. Yet it was a tepid affair, one West Ham surprisingly took a lead in – through a deflected effort from defender Angelo Ogbonna – only to do virtually nothing thereafter. Three goals conceded inside nine second-half minutes did for them in the end, with the only genuine surprise being that the final 3-1 scoreline hasn’t done for the manager. Not yet anyway.

Until changes are made, it is incredibly difficult investing much faith in a team which has now failed to surpass 1xGF in four of its last five matches (W1 L4). Their actual results, meanwhile, make for far more grim reading, having now lost two in a row – against Wolves (2-0) and Arsenal – since beating Chelsea last month. While it is one win in ten overall (W1 D2 L7) during a woeful spell that includes no fewer than seven losses, scoring as many goals (8) as they have shipped two or more goals (8 occasions).

 

Southampton Vs West Ham United – Key Facts:

  • Over a period of their last four league games, Southampton have registered seven out of twelve points (W2 D1 L1) – having previously gone eight without winning (D2 L6).
  • Just one win from the last ten PL games (W1 D2 L7) is an indication that West Ham are in big trouble and now only a point above their matchday opponents.
  • This has, however, been a profitable fixture for West Ham, who won both league encounters in 2018-19, as well as two of the previous three at St Mary’s.

 

Betting Summary

Southampton (10/11 Ladbrokes) are playing with a new lease of life under Ralp Hasenhuttl, who has done a terrific job in transforming results with seven points taken from the last twelve available, but also improving the performances of a team which looked hapless not that long ago. They’re scoring goals again, especially through the lethal Danny Ings, and will create chances as they go in search of a third consecutive home win.

As for West Ham (29/10 BetVictor), where do we even begin? Winning at Stamford Bridge a couple weeks ago was supposed to be a springboard for better things, but the exact opposite has materialised. The capitulation at home to Arsenal being their second quick-fire defeat and a seventh in the last ten league matches (W1 D2 L7). They leak goals whilst struggling to carve out openings of their own, particularly on the road losing three of the last four said fixtures to nil at Burnley, Everton and Wolves.

A month ago, Southampton were a no-go in any fixture. That is no longer the case. They’re short enough but probably still worth siding with here.


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