Southampton vs West Ham Predictions- Pellegrini like “an empty tube of toothpaste”, says pundit

West Ham take on Southampton today evening in what is effectively shaping up as a must win game for manager Manuel Pellegrini if he is to stay at the London Stadium. There was rumours swirling over the future of the Chilean at the beginning of this month- a surprise win against Chelsea bought him some time, but back to back defeats against Wolves and Arsenal, have put the pressure back on him. Defeat could see the Hammers drop into the bottom three at the end of GW17.

The referee for this clash against the Saints is Martin Atkinson, who will be in charge of his first game involving these two clubs this season.

Here is what major TV pundits have predicted for this clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says Pellegrini at this moment feels like “an empty tube of toothpaste”, with the Hammers “squeezing the last bits out of him”, and it won’t be too long before “he is done”

Also says Saints have looked like a “different team” in recent weeks, and has tipped Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men to win this game 2-1.

Author David Baddiel, Lawro’s celeb opponent this weekend, has gone for a 2-2 draw.

Charlie Nicholas: Over at Sky, Charlie Nicholas got his prediction absolutely spot on last week, correctly tipping the Gunners to run out 3-1 winners.

Nicholas says he’s “amazed Pellegrini is still there” at West Ham and reckons Saints will edge this clash 2-1.

Michael Owen: Owen reckons this will be a low-scoring draw- potentially a 1-1.

Robbie Savage: Savage reckons this will be a one-goal margin victory for Southampton, and doesn’t expect West Ham to score. 1-0 to the Saints.

Summary of Saints v WHUFC predictions

Mark Lawrenson: Southampton 2-1 West Ham
David Baddiel: Southampton 2-2 West Ham
Charlie Nicholas: Southampton 2-1 West Ham
Michael Owen: Southampton 1-1 West Ham
Robbie Savage: Southampton 1-0 West Ham

West Ham did the double over Southampton last season, winning 2-1 at St.Mary’s and 3-0 at home, but few expect them to triumph today on the South Coast.

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