Southampton vs West Ham United: Match preview, team news and predicted lineups

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Southampton will be hosting West Ham United on Thursday. The fixture will take place at 1:00 am IST on 3rd March at St. Mary’s Stadium. Both clubs will be fighting for a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Southampton beat Coventry 2-1 to reach the 5th round of the tournament. Whereas, West Ham beat Kid’minster 2-1 to face Southampton in the 5th round.

West Ham United are fighting for a top-four spot in the Premier League. This shows how far they have come and how strong they are this season. They will certainly try to build on their recent win against Wolves. The Hammers will be facing Liverpool next in the league and they would love if they had some good momentum entering into that fixture.

West Ham United Form in all competitions: W W D D W

Southampton are also 9th on the Premier League table and looks strong enough to cause an upset. They have already done so this season with a draw against Manchester City and a comeback victory against Tottenham Hotspur. They would want to go in the quarter-finals of the tournament as they haven’t enjoyed much success in recent years.

Southampton Form in all competitions: W W D W W

Team News

Southampton vs West Ham: The Saints team news

Nathan Tella and Alex McCarthy will be sidelined for this fixture as they faced difficulties in recovering from their injuries. Lyanco will not be back in the Southampton squad until the end of the season. Since Southampton did not have any new injury concerns against Norwich, Ralph Hassenhuttl is likely to use the same lineup that faced the Canaries.

Romain Perraud will be up ready to turn up if the manager makes any changes to the lineup or looked to the bench. Similarly, Adam Armstrong will also be eager for an opportunity his way. On the other hand, Fraser Forster’s goalkeeping position looks unthreatened.

Southampton possible starting lineup

Fraser Forster; Valentino Livramento, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters; Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Armando Broja, Che Adams

West Ham United vs Southampton: The Hammers team news

Andriy Yarmolenko won’t be a part of the squad as he has been granted some time off because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, the main issue for the club lies in the defensive department. Arthur Masuaku, Vladimir Coufal, and Angelo Ogbonna will also miss the clash against Southampton.

Ryan Fredericks will about be out due to his groin strain. Alphonse Areola is expected to start ahead of the first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi. Moreover, Said Benrahma is also in contention to be in the starting lineup.

West Ham United possible starting lineup

Alphonse Areola; Ben Johnson, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio

Our Predictions

Southampton 2-1 West Ham United

This could be a huge upset for West Ham United mainly because of the defensive injuries they have. Southampton are currently in their form of the season having taken points away from City and Spurs. They would certainly fancy a victory here. However, the Saints might have to grind out a victory as a win against West Ham will not be as easy as it seems.

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