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Southampton will be going up against West Ham United on Thursday. The home side has won just 3 out of their 18 Premier League matches but they have been looking way better since their new manager Hasenhüttl took over the team. Will the team be able to continue its great run tomorrow? Find out more in our Southampton vs West Ham betting preview.
The kick off of this Premier League game is scheduled for 19:45 GMT on the 26th of December, 2018. You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. However, should you not have access to that channel you can follow the action by signing up with a bookmaker of your choice. Occasionally you will find Premier League live streams. Please be aware though, that you will not be able to watch those streams if you are living in the UK.
Southampton is slowly but surely improving their worst start in to the Premier League in this decade. They have won their two last Premier League matches against Arsenal London and Huddersfield. Especially their late home victory against Arsenal was a huge achievement after not winning any of their previous home games this season. A victory or draw at home against West Ham would ensure that they won’t drop to the bottom three of the table.
On the other hand we do have West Ham who have had their four-game winning streak ended by Watford. Moreover they are one of the most solid teams on the road and have lost only one second half in their last six trips. However, West Ham have won just one of their past eight road games against Southampton.
We have selected two players to watch in this game. Firstly, there is Shane Long, an Irish striker who is already one of the best strikers to wear the Irish jersey. Moreover he is more of a facilitating type of player who is not scoring tons of goals but making his surrounding players look and play better. Even if he might come off the bench in this game you can expect him to make an impact.
Marko Arnautovic is making his return for the Hammers on Thursday and he is obviously one of their key players. The Austrian international missed three games and can help West Ham to compensate their eight other injured players. After he was acquired from Stoke at the beginning of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign he managed to score 5 goals and 2 assists in 13 matches. He is an exceptional player with great talent who is capable of scoring anytime.
There is a lot on the line for the home side in this match. Southampton will obviously try to extend their winning streak and keep up their momentum. The team is playing an offensive style of football since their new manager took over and they have been scoring at least three goals per game. Taking into consideration that they will be playing at home and West Ham missing several key players a bet on Southampton to win this game right away looks appealing.
The Saints are currently 6/5 to win @Bet365 which seems reasonable taking their bad home record into account. However, I think that betting on both teams to score also has its merits. Both sides tend to play an offensive style of football and tend to score multiple games per goals. William Hill offers odds of 2/3 for both teams to score which seems really decent in my opinion.
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