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  • 20 October 2012
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West Ham - Southampton preview: Adkins looking for first clean sheet of the season at Upton Park

The south coast side are yet to go a full Premier League game without conceding a goal but face the Hammers who were recently shorn of key attacker Ricardo Vaz Te

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Tomkins, Reid, Collins, McCartney
Noble, Diame
Jarvis, Nolan, Taylor
Carroll
SOUTHAMPTON

Gazzaniga
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana
Lambert, Rodriguez


West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te will miss Saturday’s fixture after being ruled out of action for three months with a dislocated shoulder, suffered during his side's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. Right-back Guy Demel is also likely to sit out the visit of Southampton with a thigh strain, joining Alou Diarra (thigh), Joey O’Brien (hamstring) and Jack Collison (knee) on the injury list.

Andy Carroll is back to full fitness and is likely to lead the line, after travelling with the England squad to Poland in midweek despite not featuring for the Three Lions. Matt Taylor is likely to step in for the injured Vaz Te although Carlton Cole, Yossi Benayoun or Modibo Maiga could all be considered for selection.

For the visitors, Nathaniel Clyne is likely to return to the back four after recovering from a dead leg. If the 21-year-old does return to the Saints line-up, he is likely to take the place of Frazer Richardson at right-back after the former Leeds defender was stretchered off the field during Southampton’s 2-2 draw against Fulham with a thigh injury.

The newly promoted side are otherwise unscathed from this week’s international break, leaving Gaston Ramirez (muscle tear) and Jack Cork (knee) as the only other absentees for Nigel Adkins’ side.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Eight of West Ham's nine Premier League goals have been scored in the first half of games.
  • Kevin Nolan (pictured right) will be looking to continue his goal-scoring form, the midfielder has netted three times already this season.
  • The Hammers have picked up more bookings (18) than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Striker Carlton Cole will make his 300th career appearance if he features.
  • During last season’s Championship campaign, Southampton remained undefeated against the Hammers, picking up a win and a draw on their way to promotion.
  • Nigel Adkins is still looking for his sides’ first win on the road after suffering three defeats out of three at the hands of Man City, Arsenal and Everton.
  • Southampton will also be hoping to keep a clean sheet at Upton Park after conceding on average four goals-a-game during their first three away fixtures so far this season, while they have still yet to keep a clean sheet in all of their Premier League encounters.
  • Defender Jos Hooiveld scored in both games against West Ham last season, equalising to earn a point at Upton Park while his solitary effort at St Mary’s earned a priceless win towards the back end of the campaign.

Players to watch

K. Nolan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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The 30-year-old has maintained his good form in front of goal after the former Bolton and Newcastle midfielder helped the Hammers to promotion with 13 league goals last season, and has netted three times already this time out. The Saints will have to be on guard to combat Andy Carroll’s knock-downs to the midfielder – a tactic which has proved so effective during their time at Newcastle.

R. Lambert

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker has netted four times in seven appearances for the Saints and Nigel Adkins knows as well as anyone that his goals will be crucial in keeping Southampton in the Premier League. The Liverpool-born forward has an astonishing 82 goals to his name from 137 games during his Saints career, which includes against Man Utd and Arsenal already this season.

Editor's Prediction

West Ham have taken to a Premier League return better than Southampton so far, although the Saints' fixture list has been decidedly tougher. With Andy Carroll returning to fitness and form and Southampton's defence looking shaky so far this season, the Powerful striker might prove too much to handle.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Southampton

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
Draw
Southampton FC SOT
Southampton FC Southampton
59%
27%

Top 3 Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 1
Southampton FC SOT
West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 0
Southampton FC SOT
West Ham United FC WHU
1 - 2
Southampton FC SOT

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