January 5, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>A point will guarantee the Hammers' place in next season's Europa League and Goal is backing them to come away with an entertaining victory on Sunday
West Ham United are looking to confirm their place in next season’s Europa League when they welcome Southampton to London Stadium on the final day of this season’s Premier League.
There is no doubt that the Hammers are the surprise package, having gone from a 16th-place finish last term to within a point of qualifying for Europe this time around.
West Ham United vs Southampton Latest Odds
David Moyes’ men claimed a valuable 3-1 win at West Brom on Wednesday and are 13/20 (1.65) favourites with bet365 to follow that up with another victory this weekend.
A point would be enough for the hosts to secure sixth and it is 3/1 (4.0) that they play out a draw – as happened when these sides met in the reverse fixture in December.
Defeat would leave West Ham sweating on the results of both Tottenham and Everton, and the online bookmaker go 4/1 (5.0) that Southampton spoil the party in east London.
West Ham United vs Southampton Team News
Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Lanzini are both injured for West Ham but Arthur Masuaku could return after six weeks out.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will be without Ryan Bertrand and Will Smallbone, while Oriol Romeu and Che Adams both face late fitness tests.
West Ham United vs Southampton Preview
Despite being in the top six almost every week since the end of January, two wins and three losses in their last six games have left West Ham with work to do on the final day.
Their 3-1 comeback success over West Brom in midweek should give them plenty of confidence though, especially against a Southampton side with nothing to play for and which has lost 14 of their last 20 in the top-flight.
That said, the Hammers have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 and may struggle to keep out their visitors, who have netted in eight of their most recent 11 Premier League matches.
West Ham United vs Southampton Tips and Predictions
Despite only needing a point, Moyes is unlikely to rest on his laurels given how leaky West Ham’s defence can be. With that in mind, the 11/5 (3.20) price on a home win in which both teams score at bet365 offers decent value for what should be an entertaining fixture at the London Stadium.
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Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.