SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
13 APRIL 2012
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: MIKE DEAN

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Introduction

West Ham United take to the road once more, this time to Southampton, as the Hammers embark on a fourth away day in five Barclays Premier League fixtures.

Fresh from Sunday's goalless draw at Liverpool, West Ham are on the hunt for a first away win against the Saints since a 3-2 success at The Dell back in November 2000.

This will only be the Hammers' fourth trip to St Mary's, with the last ending in a 1-0 reverse, courtesy of Jos Hooiveld's headed winner on the stroke of half time.

Sam Allardyce's side are bidding to record their first double of the campaign, after running out 4-1 winners at the Boleyn Ground in October.

Southampton, meanwhile, go in search of a fourth successive league win, following victories at home to Liverpool (3-1), Chelsea (2-1) and most recently away at Reading (2-0).

• The two sides are currently level on 37 points, though the Saints sit above the Hammers virtue of being two goals better off.

Saturday's hosts have toppled Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool at St Mary's in recent weeks, though relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers were 2-1 victors on the south coast on 2 March.

Last Time Out

Sunday 7 April 2012
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, (Pogatetz 83), O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Nolan (Taylor 62), Jarvis, Diame, O'Neil, C.Cole, Vaz Te (Collison 62)
Subs not used: Henderson, Potts, Maiga, Chamakh

Saturday 6 April 2012
Barclays Premier League
Reading 0-2 Southampton
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, S Davis (Guly 88), Ramirez, (Lallana 63) ,Cork, Lambert, Rodriguez
Subs not used: K Davis, Fonte, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Puncheon
Goals: Rodriguez 34, Lallana 72

Previous meeting

Big Sam's side continued their fine start to the Barclays Premier League season, with this thumping 4-1 home win against Southampton on 20 October 2012. After a goalless first half, the Hammers struck twice in the first three minutes of the second period.

Just 58 seconds after the restart, Mark Noble's in-swinging free-kick somehow found its way into the far corner, before skipper Kevin Nolan tapped home Yossi Benayoun's centre. Adam Lallana's smart turn and finish briefly gave the visitors hope, before a Noble penalty and Modibo Maiga's fine individual goal propelled the Hammers to seventh.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, (Spence 88), Collins, Jarvis, Benayoun, Noble, Diame, (O'Neil 68), Carroll, (Maiga 82)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Chambers, Cole, Hall

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Schneiderlin, S Davis (Ward-Prowse 89), Lallana, Guly, Puncheon, (Mayuka 65), Rodriguez (Lambert 65)
Subs not used: K Davis, Seaborne, Reeves

Background

• West Ham United and Southampton have met 21 times in the Premier League. The Hammers have won nine meetings, Southampton have come out on top in six and six ended all square.

• The Hammers' most-recent league victory away to Southampton was a 3-2 success back in November 2000. On that occasion, Frederic Kanoute, Stuart Pearce and Trevor Sinclair scored the goals to see the Hammers depart with the points.

• In the intervening 12 seasons, the Hammers have only thrice visited Southampton, losing two and drawing the other. Jermain Defoe is the last West Ham player to score in this fixture, as he netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in April 2003.

• Southampton full-back Frazer Richardson scored the only goal when Stoke City won 1-0 against West Ham United on 9 December 2003. He was on loan from Leeds United at the time.

• West Ham United have been drawn to meet Southampton three times in the FA Cup - and have gone on to reach the final twice. The Hammers overcame the Saints after two replays in 1922/23, when they were beaten by Bolton Wanderers in the first-ever final at Wembley. In 1974/75, West Ham defeated Southampton 2-1 at The Dell in the third round.

• The largest crowd to attend a West Ham United versus Southampton fixture was the 35,000 who were at the Division Two fixture at the Boleyn Ground on 13 November 1948. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Last six meetings
(Barclays Premier League unless stated)

20 October 2012 - West Ham United 4-1 Southampton
14 February 2012 - West Ham United 1-1 Southampton (Championship)
18 October 2011 - Southampton 1-0 West Ham United (Championship)
5 April 2003 - Southampton 1-1 West Ham United
2 December 2002 - West Ham United 0-1 Southampton
30 January 2002 - Southampton 2-0 West Ham United

Overall record v Southampton (all competitions) W 37 D 27 L 30

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th
2008/09 Premier League 9th
2007/08 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 15th
2005/06 Premier League 9th
2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th
2002/03 Premier League 18th (relegated to Championship)

Southampton

2011/12 Championship 2nd (promoted to Premier League)
2010/11 League One 2nd (promoted to Championship)
2009/10 League One 7th
2008/09 Championship 23rd (relegated to League One)
2007/08 Championship 20th
2006/07 Championship 6th
2005/06 Championship 12th
2004/05 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2003/04 Premier League 12th
2002/03 Premier League 8th

Referee

• Saturday's referee is Mike Dean, who will be taking charge of West Ham in the Barclays Premier League for the third time this season.

• Dean oversaw West Ham's 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, while he was also the man in the middle for the Hammers' 1-0 success at Newcastle's St James Park.

• Dean began refereeing in 1985, starting out his career in senior football in the Northern Premier League.

• In 2004, Dean took charge of his first international match, a friendly between the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland at Amsterdam ArenA. That same year, he took control of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United.

• In May 2006, he refereed the Championship play-off final between Leeds United and Watford at the Millennium Stadium. In 2008, he was the man-in-the-middle for the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

• Dean will be accompanied by assistant referees Simon Long and Ceri Richards, while Mick Russell is due to be the fourth official

Team News

• Sam Allardyce's attacking options are bolstered by the return of frontman Andy Carroll. The Liverpool loanee was ineligible to face his parent club in Sunday's goalless draw at Anfield and will likely battle it out with Carlton Cole for the lone striker berth.

• Big Sam will have to make do without Winston Reid (thigh), George McCartney (knee), Joe Cole (hamstring), Mark Noble (trapped nerve), all of whom are set to miss out.

• The Saints could be without three players who have been struck by a virus. Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez have all been laid low and face a battle to be fit. 

Old Boys

West Ham:

• West Ham United's all-time leading goalscorer Vic Watson moved to Southampton after 15 seasons as a Hammer in 1935. Watson would spend the 1935/36 season at The Dell, scoring 14 goals in 36 appearances to finish as the Saints' leading goalscorer in Division Two before retiring in summer 1936 at the age of 38.

• Among the other players to have played for both clubs are William Adams, Eyal Berkovic, Wayne Bridge, Henri Camara, Alistair Campbell, Frank Costello, Christian Dailly, Calum Davenport, Iain Dowie, Bob Fairman, Jack Foster, Horace Glover, Richard Hall, Jimmy Harris, Fred Harrison, Joe Kirkup, George Kitchen, Alex McDonald, Walter Pollard, Nigel Quashie, Albert Roles, Robbie Slater, David Speedie, Vic Watson, Arthur Wilson, Richard Wright.

Southampton:

• Saints trio Jay Rodriguez, Jason Puncheon and Luke Shaw are all said to be doubtful for Saturday's clash, having been laid low with a virus. Otherwise, Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad from which to choose.   

General Information

• Tickets for Saturday's clash are now SOLD OUT. For all other ticket sales, you can access the Box Office here.   

Saturday looks set to be a predominantly cloudy with heavy rain forecast for the afternoon. Temperatures are unlikely to peak much in excess of 10°C (50F).

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