West Ham Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Southampton

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon

West Ham's start to the season did not go as planned.

Despite fielding new signings Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart, the Hammers were comprehensively outplayed by Manchester United at Old Trafford, losing 4-0 following a truly dismal performance.

This weekend offers the chance for West Ham to get some points on the board, as they travel to the south coast to face Southampton at St Mary's.


WEST HAM INJURIES


The Hammers, despite their new signings, still have a fair few names on the injury list.

Creative hub Manuel Lanzini will miss out, having sustained a knock in training that also ruled him out of the clash with United.

Aaron Cresswell may be fit to play, after missing the first game of the season.

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Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is due to return from a back injury at the end of this month, while both Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll are currently sidelined.

Michail Antonio, meanwhile, faces a late fitness test and may be fit.

Manuel Lanzini West Ham Premier League


WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS


West Ham will not have anyone suspended for the encounter.

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WEST HAM POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


West Ham were shockingly bad against Jose Mourinho's men, so fans may well see some changes this weekend.

Arthur Masuaku will almost certainly be dropped after an awful performance at Old Trafford, opening the door for Aaron Cresswell to return.

If Antonio passes a fitness test Bilic may opt to change his formation, with his first-choice wing backs returning from injury.

Javier Hernandez is likely to continue up front, with Andre Ayew and Marko Arnautovic providing support.

WHM XI


SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS


Southampton returned to Premier League action with a 0-0 draw against Swansea City.

They played that game without Virgil Van Dijk, who has claimed that he has an illness, amid speculation that Chelsea and Liverpool are hoping to sign him prior to the transfer deadline.

Van Dijk is again likely to be absent this weekend, as the summer window intensifies prior to deadline day.

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Elsewhere, Manolo Gabbiadini may be dropped from the starting XI to make way for Charlie Austin, who replaced his team-mate during the game against the Swans.

Mario Lemina, a marquee summer signing from Juventus, could make his debut.

Virgil van Dijk, Southampton


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Southampton have won two of their last three Premier League games against West Ham, as many as in the previous nine combined.

  • Southampton attempted 29 shots in their opening Premier League match of 2017-18 against Swansea City, but only two of those were on target (7%).

  • The Hammers won this fixture 3-1 in 2016-17, they last won consecutive away league games against Southampton in December 1952.

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  • Mark Noble, who netted in West Ham's 3-1 win in February, has scored more league goals against Southampton than any other team (5).

  • The last time West Ham lost both of their opening two games in a league season was in 2010-11, the season they suffered their second relegation from the Premier League.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match will kick off at 15:00 BST on Saturday and will not be aired live in the United Kingdom. Highlights will be aired on Match of the Day, which will be shown at 22:25 BST that evening.

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