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PREVIEW: West Ham vs. Southampton: Start time, team news, stats, TV schedule, match thread, and how to watch Premier League online

All the information you need to know as Southampton visit West Ham at the London Stadium in game 31 of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

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Key Information:

Date/time: 31/3/2018, 15:00 (UK), 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT (USA)

Venue: London Stadium, London, UK

Official: Jon Moss

TV: None (UK), CNBC (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.

Streaming: None (UK), CNBC - link here (USA)

Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)


Today’s fixture between West Ham United and Southampton is absolutely pivotal in each team’s chances of survival from relegation from the Premier League this season.

Saints currently sit in the bottom three with just 28 points from 30 games, while West Ham have 30 from 30 one position above in 17th place.

Southampton could welcome back both Charlie Austin and Steven Davis to the fold with both men making progress on their respective hamstring injuries.

Ryan Bertrand is also expected to feature, despite pulling out of the latest England squad with injury.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes could oversee the return of Arthur Masuaku - who completed a six-game ban for spitting at an opponent - and Edimilson Fernandes could be fit again to feature.


Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):

Head-to-head

  • Southampton have won three of the last four meetings.
  • They could complete a league double against the Hammers for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
  • The last three meetings between these sides have produced a total of 12 goals - including five when Saints beat the Hammers 3-2 in August’s reverse fixture.

West Ham United

  • West Ham have lost three league games in a row by a margin of three or more goals for the first time since March 2008.
  • The last English top-flight side to lose four matches in a row by such a margin were Nottingham Forest in 1968.
  • If they lose, the Hammers will become the 16th club to suffer 1,000 defeats in the English top flight.
  • West Ham could fail to score in consecutive home league games for the first time since November 2013.
  • Marko Arnautovic has not scored or provided an assist in any of his last three Premier League appearances. He had contributed seven goals and three assists in his previous nine games in the division.

Southampton

  • Saints have won only two away games in the Premier League this season, which both came against the side who were bottom of the table at the time: Crystal Palace in September and West Brom in February.
  • Southampton have won just once in their last 17 league fixtures (D9, L7).
  • Mark Hughes will become only the second person to manage six different clubs in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce has been in charge of seven.
  • Hughes has not won his first league match in charge of a club since September 2004 at Blackburn - in his four subsequent jobs he has drawn once (with Fulham) and lost three (with Manchester City, QPR and Stoke).
  • Saints’ last seven managers in the Premier League have failed to win their opening top-flight game since Paul Sturrock oversaw a 2-0 victory against Liverpool on 14 March 2004.

Betting Odds:

Bet 365: West Ham: 39/20 - Draw: 9/4 - Southampton: 13/8

Bet Victor: West Ham: 19/10 - Draw: 9/4 - Southampton: 8/5


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