West Ham have drawn a blank in their last couple and a lack of cutting edge is clearly something that concerns boss Sam Allardyce, who has tried to solve his striker shortage by bringing in free agent Mladen Petric.
The Hammers’ attacking woes of course, haven’t been helped by the persistent injury worries of Andy Carroll and their struggles going forward could ultimately be their undoing as they head to Southampton.
Saints are odds-on at 17/20 with bet365 to land all three points at the St Mary’s Stadium, where West Ham are BetVictor’s 4/1 outsiders and it’s 5/2 (Stan James) to finish all square but taking into account last season as well as the current fledgling campaign, the Hammers have found the going tough on the road and a slender home win gets the nod.
Skybet chalk Mauricio Pochettino’s charges up at 11/4 to edge it by a solitary goal and with the visitors likely to find it hard to break the hosts down, Ladbrokes’s 13/2 for Southampton to grab the only goal isn’t without appeal.
Any triumph ‘to nil’ is a 2/1 shot at betway and at the other end, Rickie Lambert will be in buoyant mood having started both of England’s World Cup qualifiers and the Saints hitman’s confidence makes him a solid bet at 29/20 (BetVictor) to score at any stage.