The Hammers have picked up just two wins in their last nine games across all competitions in 2021-22, and Paul Merson has tipped them to secure a 2-0 win over the Saints in his Sportskeeda column.
“They’ve made a positive start to the season under Moyes but seem to have hit a rough patch this month.
“West Ham could find themselves in seventh or eighth at this rate. They’ve crashed out of the Cup as well and will have to do without Antonio this season. They need to stay in and around sixth place, and a short burst could see them nick a top-four place.
“Southampton also seem to be facing hard times and have flattered to deceive this year. West Ham are the better team at the moment and Declan Rice could be the difference between the two sides this weekend.”
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are just six points above the relegation zone having won thrice all campaign, but they have lost just one more game than the Hammers, and they have what it takes to shock them in front of their fans at the London Stadium.
It will be interesting to see whether Rice can step up in the final third, but David Moyes needs his other attackers to do that on Sunday.
They have to get their campaign back on track as soon as possible, but they have often struggled against the teams in the lower half of the campaign, and that must change against the Saints.
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