Southampton Dangermen

Saturday’s game against Southampton is arguably our biggest game this season. Although, we might’ve said that more than once, we simply cannot afford to drop points. Given our remaining fixtures, we still have Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man United. Given that we have not played any games since the embarrassing defeat to Burnley, the players must be fresh especially with the warm weather ‘training’ in Miami. Only 2 points are separating West Ham and Southampton. This match will be a ‘6 pointer’.

Last 4 results against Southampton

06/02/2016- Southampton 1-0 West Ham United

25/09/2016- West Ham United 0-3 Southampton

04/02/2017- Southampton 1-3 West Ham United

19/08/2017- Southampton 3-2 West Ham United

Dangermen to watch out for-

Charlie Austin

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has scored 6 premier league goals for the Saints this season. Unfortunately for us he will be back for Saturday’s game given that he was injured for a period of time. He scored a last-minute penalty against us in August and always has a point to prove against us given the comment made by David Sullivan a few years back; “he has no ligaments”. The comment was unacceptable and despite his previous injuries in the past, he is still a goal scorer to watch out for and must not be underestimated. He must feel he has a point to prove so could this be a factor to watch out for if he contributes to Saturday’s game.

James Ward-Prowse

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been a key figure the for Saints this season. He is known for his excellent/dangerous set piece delivery, creating chances for his team-mates and whipping dangerous crosses into the box to cause defenders problems. He has contributed to 3 goals and 2 assists this season and he has played almost every game this season. Given how poor our defending has been the last 3/4 games, his crossing abilities can cause our defenders problems.

Dusan Tadic

The 28-year-old Serbian midfielder was a player we were linked with in the previous summer transfer window. This season he has contributed 3 goals and 3 assists for Southampton this season. He can play either as a number 10 or as a winger. Despite lacking consistency this season, he still has the ability to play key passes and create dangerous opportunities as he has proved since he joined Southampton.

Ryan Bertrand

English left back Ryan Bertrand is a key player for Southampton. he is a regular starter for Southampton this season and can cause problems to our defence with his overlapping runs on the left side of the pitch as well as causing dangerous crosses into the box. He has assisted 3 times this season for the Saints and this could be a pivotal figure causing trouble to Zabaleta.

 

Nathan Redmond

The 24-year-old English winger has had a poor season for Southampton in comparison to last season. In his first season for Southampton he contributed to 7 goals. However, this season he has not scored but he has assisted his teammates 3 times. He is a pacey/technical winger and despite his poor form this season, Mark Hughes would have improved the morale in the squad as proven in his first game in charge against Wigan. Given our poor defensive record, West Ham have a habit of making the most out of form players into world beaters when they play against us.

Likely line-up from Southampton:

Likely line-up (4-2-3-1 formation)

Alex McCarthy

 

Cedric Soares   Jack Stephan’s     Wesley hoedt     Ryan Bertrand

 

Mario lemina        Pierre Emile Højbjerg

 

Dusan Tadic      James Ward-Prowse      Nathan Redmond

 

Guido Carrillo

 

 

Other possible line-up (4-3-3 formation)

Alex McCarthy

 

Cedric Soares   Jack Stephan’s     Wesley hoedt     Ryan Bertrand

 

Mario lemina     Oriel Romeu   Pierre Emile Højbjerg

 

Dusan Tadic                                                            James Ward-Prowse

 

Guido Carrillo

 

 

By Abu ( @Asheth16 )

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