Competition: Premier League – West Ham vs Southampton
Venue: London Stadium – Sunday, September 25 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: West Ham 19/10 – Draw 23/10 – Southampton 6/4
The Hammers have started life in their new home in underwhelming fashion. They did beat Bournemouth 1-0 but that was their only positive result of the season so far, having lost their other four fixtures.
Slaven Bilic is under pressure to get his side performing. They have lost their last two games 4-2 against Watford and West Brom – teams that the Hammers fans will feel they should be beating.
The visit of Southampton on Sunday will offer a stiff test but West Ham have to try and stay calm in what is a difficult run if they are to get back on track and out of the bottom three.
The Saints haven’t had the best of starts themselves but did win their first league game of the season last weekend, edging past Swansea 1-0.
Claude Puel’s men have lost both away fixtures so far and will need to work on their performances away from home if they are to challenge for European places once again this term.
They sit 14th going into the weekend but know that this is a winnable game and will likely attack the Hammers from the start, given their vulnerabilities at the moment.
This should be an entertaining clash between two sides that are desperate for points at this early stage.
West Ham are facing a real problem at left-back, with Arthur Masuaku ruled out for six weeks and Aaron Cresswell already sidelined too. Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll are all still ruled out too so Slaven Bilic doesn’t have the strongest squad to choose from here. Alvaro Arbeloa will be pushing for his first league start at full-back.
Southampton have three played ruled out for this one, with Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Sofiane Boufal. Charlie Austin is set to start in attack alongside Shane Long after having scored four in his last three.
West Ham’s last five: L/W/L/L/L
Southampton’s last five: D/L/D/L/W
Key Stat: Slippery slope – West Ham have now lost three-straight league games for the first time since Slaven Bilic took over. They have not lost four on the bounce since April 2014.
Key Player: Michail Antonio – The West Ham winger has been the bright spark in a poor spell for the club so far, scoring five in his last four league outings. He netted his first ever Premier League goal in this fixture last season and will be looking to keep his great run going on Sunday.
West Ham 2-2 Southampton – There is nothing to split these two sides going into Sunday’s game. Yes, Southampton have looked better over the last couple of weeks but they have lost both away games so far this term and don’t have a great record away at the Hammers. West Ham are in trouble if they fail to win this, with their new stadium proving to be a stumbling block so far. There should be goals but we see this ending all square.