Southampton betting preview with Betway

Manuel Lanzini

With the distraction of the January transfer window over for another year, Slaven Bilic can focus all of his efforts on West Ham’s trip to Southampton.

While the spotlight has shone on incomings and outgoings, the Hammers have taken the chance to move well clear of the relegation zone with convincing wins over both Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.

Southampton, on the other hand, have had a mixed bag of results this month. Their EFL Cup semi-final triumph over Liverpool put a gloss over their league form that has seen the Saints pick up only three points from the last 18 available.

Despite that, the Irons go into this game as underdogs at 17/4, with Southampton 8/11 to win and the draw at 13/5.

Two of the Hammers’ last three trips to St Mary’s have resulted in 0-0 draws. A repeat of that scoreline is at 8/1, with Betway’s ‘Under 0.5 Goals’ market priced at 7/1.

Southampton, however, have scored at least once in each of their home games in the league since November, but with six goals conceded in their last three matches at St Mary’s, both teams to score looks likely at 10/11.

On the other hand, with both sides suffering heavy losses in recent weeks, a focus on defensive improvement could be a feature of this game.

West Ham‘s last clean sheet came in a 3-0 win at home against Crystal Palace and they’re priced at 7/2 to shut out their hosts. Southampton are 6/5 to get a clean sheet.

One man who will be looking forward to a return to the south coast is José Fonte after the Portuguese defender joined the Irons in the January transfer window.

All but two of his fifteen goals for Southampton came at St Mary’s and a goal scoring return would certainly make headlines – he’s 33/1 to net first and 12/1 at anytime.

There could be another new name on the scoresheet in the form of Scotland international Robert Snodgrass. With nine goals and three assists for Hull this season, he’ll be hoping to make as much of an attacking impact with the Hammers.

He’s 10/1 to get the first goal of the game and 7/2 to score at anytime.

Andy Carroll’s goalscoring exploits have also not gone unnoticed, and three goals in his last three games means 8/1 to be first goalscorer and 3/1 to net at anytime provides good value.

The biggest danger in Saints colours looks to be Shane Long after three goals in his last five games, including a last-minute winner at Anfield in the EFL Cup.

He’s favourite to score first at 4/1 and 11/10 to score at anytime.

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