Preview - Southampton

Everything you need to know about Saturday's trip to Southampton
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The background

West Ham United travel to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday 6 February to face Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, with the Hammers looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Slaven Bilic’s men have been in good form of late drawing with Manchester City and Liverpool before cruising to victory at home to Aston Villa.

Saturday’s hosts Southampton themselves are in terrific form too. After wins over Watford and West Brom, a late Charlie Austen winner secured a 1-0 win away at Old Trafford before securing a valuable point away at Arsenal.   

In the reverse fixture in late December, the Hammers came from behind to secure a 2-1 win after second half goals from Michail Antonio, his first for the club, and substitute Andy Carroll.

 Going into the match, the Hammers are sixth with 39 points, while Southampton are just a place below in seventh, five points behind.
 The history

Saturday’s game represents the 101st competitive meeting between the two sides, and as omens go, the Hammers have just shaded this fixture with 39 wins in all to competitions to the Saints’ 31.

Slightly more ominous, is the fact that the Hammers have not won away at Southampton since November 2000. That day, Trevor Sinclair struck the all-important winner in a 3-2 victory after Frederic Kanoute and Stuart Pearce both scored inside a three minute period.  

Last season, the two sides played out a 0-0 draw which saw Adrian sent off, although his dismissal was later rescinded.
Match info

Team news 

West Ham United

The Hammers may well welcome Andy Carroll back into the matchday squad as Slaven Bilic hinted in his pre-match press conference.

New signing Emmanuel Emenike may also make the cut after signing on loan.

However, the Hammers are waiting to see if Angelo Ogbonna has recovered from illness.

Sam Byram, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are all unavailable. 

New signing Charlie Austin faces a race against time to recover from a knock, however he could feature in some capacity. As might Steve Davis.

Jay Rodriguez is still out as is Florian Gardos.

Match details
  • Saturday’s match referee is Mark Clattenberg. The experienced official has dished out a total of 845 yellow cards and 43 reds in 259 games.
  • Clattenberg has taken charge of two West Ham games this season, the 3-1 win away at Crystal Palace and the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. In games involving Southampton, Clattenberg has been at the helm of defeats to Manchester United and Norwich City.
  • The assistant referees will be Stuart Burt and Richard West. The fourth official is Neil Swarbrick.
  • Originally, scheduled for Monday 8 February, the match has been brought forward to Saturday, 5.30pm. The game is live on Sky Sports.
 Tickets, travel, coverage and other info
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  • A wet and windy day is expected on the south coast, with temperature at kick-off of 11C.
  • If you are not heading to the game remember you can stay in touch with proceedings on our digital channels. The live match centre will carry live audio commentary, text updates, in-running stats, photos and more. You can also get involved in the conversation on social using #SOUWHU