West Ham travel to Southampton on Saturday afternoon, hoping to make it four matches unbeaten and 20 victories over the Saints in the Premier League era.
The Hammers haven’t emerged victorious more times against any other opposition and are currently on a head-to-head run of six wins out of their last seven meetings with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Since David Moyes returned to east London in December 2019, West Ham have been transformed from relegation candidates to top-six finishers and have been rampant in their attacking play, scoring 100 league goals since the start of the Scot’s second spell – only Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have scored more in that period.
So West Ham go into this one in top form and high on confidence, as well as being boosted by the arrivals of summer signings Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral, all of which are available to make their Hammers debuts at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton, on the other hand, are still waiting for their first win of the 2021/2022 Premier League season, with draws against Manchester United and Newcastle United coming after their opening weekend defeat away to Everton.
With six goals already conceded, having lost star defender Jannik Vestergaard to Leicester City in the summer, Hasenhuttl’s side are now on a horrid run of just one clean sheet in their last 24 top-flight outings.
It’s that kind of form, coupled with West Ham’s current positive period, that has got Southampton fans worried about what’s to come on Saturday afternoon, although there are a few who are hopeful of frustrating West Ham coming away with something.
“Tbf, It feels like Bowen, Antonio and Fornals always score against us. I can’t deal with another 9-0. I hate playing West Ham, absolutely misery in recent years, even when they were awful they still seemed to steamroller us.” – Saint Garrett, SaintsWeb
“They are a better team than us and far more street-wise. But we could have one ace up our sleeve this weekend. Energy levels. While very few of ours have been away, some of there’s have had some meaty journeys and little recovery time. We need to be chasing and harrying them from the first minute. There is no excuse for being outworked by them. Come on Saints, ruin a load of super six bets!” – LiberalCommuinst, SaintsWeb
“Like to think we could get something here but they’re in great form currently and we never seem to pick up points against them. Antonio is on fire atm and their new CAM Vlasic could make an appearance.” – os862saints, SaintsWeb