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Southampton v West Ham United predictions, betting tips and match preview - Another draw backed for Saints

Dean Smith 15 Aug 2017
  • Southampton will welcome West Ham United to St.Mary's Stadium on Saturday afternoon
  • The Saints are favourites for the win but Hammers fans are hoping for a reaction from their side
Shane Long (left) of Southampton

Southampton v West Ham United Premier League predictions, betting tips and match preview here. After a goalless draw on the opening weekend, the Saints are hoping to pick up their first victory of the campaign this Saturday afternoon.



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  • Southampton opened the campaign with a goalless draw against Swansea
  • West Ham United meanwhile were demolished 4-0 by an Manchester United
  • The Hammers won 1-3 on their previous trip to St Mary's Stadium last season


Southampton v West Ham betting preview 


Southampton start the new campaign with yet another manager at the helm. The Saints have had to lose Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino to bigger clubs in the division in recent years and Claude Puel lasted just one year in the top job, with fans unhappy with his playing style and he was replaced over the summer with Argentinian boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Pellegrino, a former Liverpool and Valencia defender in his playing days, returned to England to take the top job at St Mary's Stadium following a successful campaign in charge of Alaves in La Liga but he will have been disappointed his team's performance in the opening game of the campaign as they were held to a goalless draw with Swansea. The home win is 8/11 with Coral.

West Ham United are hoping that the new season proves to be a more successful one as they become more used to their surroundings at the London Stadium. That said, due to the athletics taking place at their ground at the moment, the Hammers face a tough opening few weeks as their fist five Premier League matches of the season must all be played away from home.

In the shape of Manchester United, armed with new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, Slaven Bilic's men came up against one of the toughest possible opening weekend tests last Sunday and the Red Devils were in scintillating form to rack up four goals. Can the Hammers bounce back in the best possible way with an away win on the south coast at 4/1 with Paddy Power

These two squads are fairly well-matched on paper, and although the Saints have the home advantage and the Hammers will be reeling from that defeat in Manchester last weekend, we see clear signs that this Saints squad is taking time to get to grips with Pellegrino's style of play following a  year under Puel. Odds of 14/5 with BetVictor for a share of the spoils look like good value to us.

Both Southampton and West Ham failed to get on the scoresheet on the opening weekend of the season and we anticipate the defenders coming out on top once more in this game as they did at St Mary's Stadium last Saturday. Both teams seemed to be taking some time to gel new players in the attacking areas of the pitch, so under 2.5 goals at 19/20 with bet365 is our second tip for the game.

Recommended bets:
Match to be drawn @ 14/5 with BetVictor
Under 2.5 goals @ 19/20 with bet365

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Southampton v West Ham United predictions, betting tips and match preview - Another draw backed for Saints

Southampton v West Ham United Premier League predictions, betting tips and match preview here. After a goalless draw on the opening weekend, the Saints are hoping to pick up their first victory of the campaign this Saturday afternoon.

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