PREM: Southampton v West Ham preview

Southampton v West Ham preview

West Ham United will be aiming to pick up their first ever away league win at St Mary’s when they travel to face Southampton.

The Hammers are winless in their last seven away league games against Saints (D4 L3), last winning in Southampton in November 2000 under Harry Redknapp.

Slaven Bilic's men will fancy their chances of ending the barren run on the south-coast as the hosts have lost five of their last six Premier League games, including four straight defeats.

West Ham were showing that life without Dimitri Payet, who joined Marseille after a messy fallout, was looking rosy after winning back-to-back Premier League games before losing 4-0 to Man City on Wednesday night.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for up to three months with an ankle injury.

Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse are back in training after spells out and could be added to the squad.

New striker Manolo Gabbiadini will also be involved, although manager Claude Puel has yet to decide whether to hand him a place in the starting line-up.

Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is back in the West Ham squad, having returned from the African Cup of Nations.

Right-back Sam Byram felt his hamstring after the midweek 4-0 defeat by Manchester City and will be assessed.

Robert Snodgrass could make his full debut after coming on as a substitute against City.

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