West Ham v Southampton Predictions- How do the pundits think the Hammers will fare against Hasenhuttl’s Saints?

West Ham will be looking to complete a league double for the third time this season when they take on Southampton in their final home game of the 18/19 season. Fulham and Newcastle are the only teams that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have beaten home and away this season, and they’ll be hoping to add Southampton to that list later this afternoon.

When the Hammers beat them at St.Mary’s in December, Saints were hovering precariously near the drop zone, but new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has achieved his primary goal of keeping them in the top flight. On the way, he’s also got his side to score the Premier League’s fastest ever goal- achieved by Shane Long against Watford.

If they beat Southampton, West Ham will also reverse a losing trend under referee Stuart Attwell- they’ve lost their last four in a row under him, including defeats to Bournemouth, THFC (Cup) and Man City this season.

What do the pundits think of this clash? Let’s take a look.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro took note of the Hammers’ fantastic achievement last weekend- they became the first team to score and win at the new Spurs stadium, and says that despite their up and down form, they should be able to sign off with a good performance in their final game of the season. Has gone for a 2-0 win for the home side.

His celeb opponent, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, has predicted a 3-1 win to the Hammers.

Paul Merson: Merson, like Lawro, says the Hammers have been unpredictable, and gives examples of their recent performances against Huddersfield, Spurs and United. Has tipped Manuel Pellegrini’s men to win 3-2- reckons Saints will give this a right go too.

Michael Owen: Owen expects West Ham to carry on from where they left against Saints, but also expects goals from the visitors, who have found the back of the net in their last nine league games. Tips both teams to score.

Robbie Savage: Savage reckons Saints will come away with a point from this clash- has predicted a 2-2 draw.

Summary of predictions

Lawro: West Ham 2-0 Southampton
CO: West Ham 3-1 Southampton
Merson: West Ham 3-2 Southampton
Owen: Both teams will score
Savage: West Ham 2-2 Saints

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