After a period of average performances, West Ham turned up and turned it on against Spurs last weekend as they became the first side to beat them in their new stadium. This fixture doesn’t quite have the same sex appeal but there will still be value for the punters, it’s just a case of finding it…….
West Ham to win – 13/10
Last weeks victory will be a massive confidence boost for the side going into this one with a few key players in good form. The Saints manager has hinted strongly at making a few changes for this one after they secured Premier League football last weekend in a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth and added to the number of players available for Pellegrini, he should have a strong bench on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams to score – 8/15
Nothing fancy here but am confident and will have it in a couple of my accumulators this weekend. The Saints have scored in 6 of their last 7 aways, only failing to score at The Emirates and that has been the only side to keep them out in their last 17 games in all competitions. Meanwhile West Ham have kept just 2 clean sheets in their last 15 games but have scored 17 at the London Stadium in 2019.
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Marko Arnautovic to score – 7/5
The issues around Marko are well documented but in the last few games the effort has been there while not finding the net but I put that down to poor service more than anything. Against Spurs he got an assist as well as a big applause from the away fans, hopefully both will go a long way to seeing the in form Arnautovic on Saturday afternoon! He did pick up a knock against Spurs so wait for line ups but if he starts…….back him.
Not a ‘tip’ but……
If you follow myself on twitter then you shall know I enjoy having a little wager on the first player to be carded in a game on outsiders. I have had a look at this fixture and assuming the line up(s) are what I expect then tomorrows bet is likely to be Valery at 16/1
He will be up against Felipe Anderson who completes 1.7 dribbles and gets fouled 1.5 times, both of which are ranked 2nd in the Hammers squad (behind Snodgrass for both). Add in Masuaku coming forward too and hopefully he will be in for a tough game!
Valery makes 1.9 tackles per game but when away from home, he commits 1.6 fouls per 90 minutes which is the highest out of the Saints squad.
Prediction: 2-1 West Ham