Nobes enjoys himself, league double over Saints & more- Talking Points from West Ham 3-0 Southampton

West Ham’s final home game of the Premier League season saw them beat Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton 3-0 at the London Stadium. Marko Arnautovic’s brace and Ryan Fredericks’ first ever league goal for the Hammers sealed victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Saturday afternoon in this GW37 clash. Let’s take a look at our talking points from the game.

Mark Noble enjoys himself: The West Ham veteran enjoyed one of his best games in a Hammers jersey against the Saints. He was paired with Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini in the centre of midfield, with Declan Rice, Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson missing from the starting XI.

Afforded too much time and space by Southampton, Noble bossed the midfield. It was he who pounced on Yan Valery’s error and gave a perfect pass to Marko Arnautovic for the opening goal. And it wasn’t just attack- he put in some fine tackles as well, none better than the one on Armstrong to stop a potentially dangerous Saints move just before the hour mark. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Stat Analysis- Referee announced for Crystal Palace v West Ham- Craig Pawson

The referee for West Ham’s game this weekend at Selhurst Park has been announced, and it’s Sheffield born Craig Pawson who will be the man in the middle for this clash.

The 39 year old has already refereed two games involving the Hammers this season- their 8-0 thrashing of Macclesfield in the Cup back in September, as well as their 2-1 win over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton in December. That Saints game was also the last time Manuel Pellegrini’s men won on the road- they’ve lost four on the bounce since then.

Palace’s solitary game with Pawson at the helm this season saw them lose 1-0 to Chelsea in their final fixture of 2018.

Here’s an interesting stat for recent Pawson games that augurs quite well for West Ham- the last ten Premier League fixtures he’s officiated have seen the away team win 7 times. The three home wins were in the form of two Man City triumphs and one Chelsea victory. Pawson’s last game was the Everton Man City midweek clash at the Etihad, which was won by Pep Guardiola’s side as they replaced Liverpool at the top of the table. [Read more…]

Southampton v West Ham predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Hasenhuttl’s men?

Thursday’s solitary Premier League fixture sees West Ham travel to the South Coast to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at St.Mary’s. Under their new Austrian manager, Saints have managed to register back to back wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal and will be full of confidence against a West Ham side who will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at home to Watford last weekend.

Saints have a good home league record against the Hammers- they’ve only lost in the previous nine times they’ve hosted the Hammers, although the visitors can also claim to have a similarly good record under the referee for this game, Craig Pawson. [Read more…]

Referee announced for Southampton v West Ham game | Hammers have lost only one of last nine under him!

The referee for West Ham’s trip to St.Mary’s on Wednesday evening has been announced, with Craig Pawson set to be the man in the middle when Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men square off on the South Coast. Saints are looking for a third straight league win unde their new manager after victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield, while West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their weekend setback against Watford. [Read more…]