Southampton v West Ham

Southampton are looking to keep their good form going when they welcome West Ham United to St Mary's on Saturday.

The Saints had won three in a row before Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal, the first time this season they've managed to string three victories together, and taking a point off the Gunners would have done wonders for their confidence.

They will, however, have to be careful, as this opposition got the better of them with a 2-1 win at Upton Park as recently as late December.

The Hammers are five points above the Saints, and have won four of their last six in the league, with a surprise defeat to West Ham and 2-2 draw with Manchester City followed by a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in midweek.

The east London side have been enjoying a fine season so far, and will look to take a step closer to the Europa League when they head down to the south coast.

New Southampton signing Charlie Austin made an ideal return to the top flight, scoring a late winner against Manchester United, and should recover from a knock in time to feature on Saturday, as should midfielder Steven Davis. However, Jay Rodriguez (ankle) is still a week away from his expected return date.

West Ham will expect to have Andy Carroll (hamstring), Angelo Ogbonna (illness), and Sam Byram (knock) fit in time for the clash, but Manuel Lanzini (muscular injury), Diafra Sakho (thigh muscle) will miss out.

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