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    West Ham v Southampton. Match Preview

    Southampton travel to the capital to face West Ham in their second fixture of the Festive period.
    The Saints demolished Arsenal 4-0 in the last game and they will be confident of building upon their latest result.

    The visitors’ will be without Graziano Pelle who has a knee problem. So Shane Long will keep his place after his brace against the Gunners.
    First choice right-back Cedric has a groin problem. Cuco Martina, who scored a contender for Goal of the Season on Boxing Day, will start at right back.

    West Ham are in a poor run of form with five draws in their last five Premier League games. The Injury to Dmitri Payet has been a big blow to Slaven Bilic.
    Aaron Cresswell and James Tomkins will have until the last minute to prove their fitness. Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, and Diafra Sakho all miss out.

    Match Facts


    The last three Premier League games between these sides at Upton Park has produced 13 goals.

    None of the last 12 Premier League games between these two played at West Ham’s ground has resulted in a draw. (West Ham have won nine).

    Southampton will be aiming to win successive league games away at West Ham for the first time since 1992.

    West Ham

    The Hammers lost their opening two league matches at home this season but subsequently are unbeaten in their last six.

    West Ham have recorded five successive draws for the first time since October 1968. They have never drawn six in this division.

    They have conceded just two goals in their last five matches.


    Saints were unbeaten in their first six away games in the Premier League but they have lost their last two on the road.

    Sadio Mane has six assists in 18 league appearances this season.

    Shane Long has scored five and has two assists in his last seven outings for Southampton.

    They last won their final league game of a calendar year back in 2010 beating Huddersfield 4-1.

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