Sunday English Breakfast: Southampton v West Ham

Sep 12, 2013 |
Just the lone game on the board Sunday as West Ham heads to the south of England to face Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium.

We talk to Aron Black at Bet365 to find where action is.

Southampton v West Ham (-120, +260, +400)

Why bet Southampton: Like a few other teams in the Premier League, the Saints made a splash in the transfer window and just need those new pieces to gel. Namely, striker Pablo Osvaldo who came over from Roma. Osvaldo got the start in Southampton's last game versus Norwich, but slotted in the hole behind striker Rickie Lambert. It's not a role that he's accustomed to as he was used as the primary striker with Roma last season. The problem is, Lambert has gotten off to a pretty decent start, so taking that spot in the Southampton setup could be daunting. Fellow newcomers center back Dejan Lovren and midfielder Victor Wanyama have adjusted nicely in manager Mauricio Pochettino's starting XI and make for the start of a very powerful spine. The Saints have put together a very intriguing side that could be a handful for most of the league.

Key players out/doubtful: Jos Hooiveld

Why bet West Ham: This game comes at a terrible time for the Hammers, who will be without Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing in attack. They have struggled going forward since the season began and Sunday should be no different. Modibo Maiga looks to be the lone striker in the setup and with no Joe Cole, enter Ricardo Vaz Te to be a creative sparkplug on the wing. Vaz Te has shown some flashes in his career, but can never seem to find the consistency needed to hold a steady job in the Premier League. The defense, however, has been a bit better and more stable. Anchored by James Collins and Winston Reid at CB, West Ham has only conceded one goal, which was in their last effort at home to Stoke in a 1-0 defeat.

Key players out/doubtful: Andy Carroll, Alou Diarra, Stewart Downing, Joe Cole

2012-13 fixture result: Southampton 1, West Ham 1

Key betting note: West Ham has just one victory in its previous 15 away matches in the league (four draws, 10 losses).

Where the action is: "The odds on this one will probably go towards the Saints before kickoff, so grabbing the price on them is probably best if you are backing them."

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