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  • 13 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 31984
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Southampton - West Ham Preview: Promoted sides look for top-10 finish

Mauricio Pochettino's side will look to make it four successive Premier League victories and reach the 40-point mark when they welcome the Hammers to St. Mary's on Saturday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


SOUTHAMPTON


Boruc
Clyne, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Shaw
Cork, Schneiderlin
Puncheon, Ramirez, Rodriguez
Lambert

WEST HAM
  West Ham
Jaaskelainen
Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O'Brien
Diame, O'Neil
Jarvis, Nolan, Vaz Te
Carroll

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to pick from as they look to continue their fine run of form and boost their chances of a previously unlikely finish in the top half.

Midfielder Adam Lallana will be pushing for a starting role after making a goalscoring return from injury last week at the Madejski Stadium while Jay Rodriguez will be aiming to hit the back of the net for the fourth game running.

Sam Allardyce has targeted one more victory to guarantee the Hammers' Premier League survival but the West Ham boss will be once again without Joe Cole, George McCartney, Winston Reid and Mark Noble through injury.

Coming off the back of good results against Liverpool (0-0) and West Brom (3-1), West Ham are currently 12th, only behind the Saints on goal difference but with a game in hand.

Andy Carroll is likely to return to the side in place of Carlton Cole having been ineligible to face his parent club last time out, but Allardyce admitted he is facing a "dilema" over which striker to play in the lone role up front after Cole impressed at Anfield.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton have been winning at both half-time and full-time in their last three matches in the Premier League.
  • Only three players in the top five European leagues have fashioned as many goalscoring chances from open play as Rickie Lambert (pictured right) this season, who is also the Premier League's leading English goalscorer with 14.
  • Overall, the two teams have met on 94 occasions in league and cup - 37 of those have gone the way of West Ham, 30 have resulted in Saints wins and 27 in draws.
  • West Ham have scored just nine goals on the road in the Premier League this season, the joint lowest tally along with Stoke City.
  • The Hammers have failed to win 10 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League.
  • Only bottom-of-the-table Reading have lost more away games (13) than West Ham's 10, a record they share with Newcastle and QPR.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
13Stephen HendersonGoalkeeper
4Emanuel PogatetzDefender
33Daniel PottsDefender
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
9Wellington PaulistaStriker
Players to Watch
Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a terrific debut Premier League season  having banged in 14 goals in 32 appearances and can threaten the West Ham defence if provided with quality crosses and set-piece delivery. Not only does Lambert score the goals but he has nine Premier League assists to his name this campaign, meaning he's a danger both inside and outside the box.
Gary O'Neil
Gary O'Neil
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The injury to midfield regular Mark Noble has given the former Middlesborough man the opportunity to start in his preferred role alongside Mohamed Diame. He netted his first goal of the season in the 3-1 win over West Brom - as well as grabbing an assist - and has put in some noteworthy performances in recent weeks.
Prediction
Southampton are in a rich vain of form and will be confident of picking up another three points on Saturday but, despite their poor away record this season, West Ham will be tough to break down and will pose a threat going forward. However, they have only scored nine goals away from Upton Park and the Saints should come out on top in what's likely to be a tight encounter against two promoted sides.
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