Southampton will be looking to continue their stunning resurgence with a victory over West Ham in the Premier League tonight.
The Saints’ revival under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been impressive and they now face a Hammers side looking to bounce back from a defeat to Watford.
Previously, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had been on a four-game winning run though, so Hasenhuttl will be wary.
However, Southampton have only lost one of their previous nine home league games against West Ham (W4 D4), with that lone defeat coming in February 2017.
West Ham, meanwhile, are looking to win back-to-back Premier League games against the Saints for the first time since October 2001 when they won four on the bounce.
What the managers are saying
Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton): “They showed they learned now to defend. That’s the first step in the right direction. What you also saw is that we have quality when we win the ball.
“We scored three times against Arsenal and also three times against [Huddersfield], a team that is really good at defending normally with a good reverse gear.
“When we work like we did until now, then we have a chance to stay [up]. But if you stop now, we have 15 points now, and that wouldn’t be enough.”
Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “We have the last game of the first part of the season and if you told me after we lost our first four games that we can finish with 27 points, I’d think that would be a good first round for us.
“We know we have to play a good game against a team that have won their last two games. We will try to recover the points that we lost at home. We will try to add three points more to get to 27.
“This squad demonstrated already that we have the character to improve after that slow start.
“We now try to think in the next game that we will be able to do it. We don’t have any doubts about that.”
Southampton must do without Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for the match with West Ham as he serves a one-match suspension, while Michael Obafemi is pushing for a start.
Fabian Balbuena and Javier Hernandez have added to Pellegrini’s injury woes as they join a list of absentees including, Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid.
Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Targett, Romeu, Lemina; Redmond, Armstrong; Ings.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Masuaku, Ogbonna, Diop; Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson; Antonio Carroll.