West Ham vs Southampton
When the Premier League restarts at the end of the month, there’s a massive relegation six-pointer scheduled for the London Stadium.
Southampton, third from bottom in the division, have the opportunity to escape the drop zone is they can win at West Ham.
Last time out, Southampton booked their spot in the FA Cup semifinal with a 2-0 away win at Wigan.
As for West Ham, their last match against Burnley ended in a 3-0 home defeat. Moreover, the match was marred by terrible scenes as Hammers fans stormed the pitch to protest the club’s owners.
Southampton get Charlie Austin back
It’s so far, so good for new Southampton manager Mark Hughes.
After setting up an FA Cup final with Chelsea, Southampton have received a major injury boost with the return of Charlie Austin.
The Saints have only scored 29 goals in 30 league games this season; that’s one of the main reasons Southampton are starring relegation in the face.
Austin, who has six Premier League goals this season, has been sidelined for three months after he suffered a hamstring injury at Huddersfield.
But Austin is now back in first team training, and he’s in line to return against West Ham.
Austin has spoken about his recovery on the Southampton club website:
It’s been a frustrating time, being injured. It wasn’t like being out for two weeks – it’s been 14 weeks now.
The injury came and I thought ‘this is all I need’. I knew I’d done something bad because I’ve done a few hamstrings before but never as bad as that.
It’s good to have that light at the end of the tunnel and this is the last tick in the box – it’s great to be back with the lads.
All the hard work I’ve done with the physios and Bill (Styles, first team sports scientist) has paid off and hopefully I can stay fit until the end of the season.
Now I’m back, we’ve got a big eight weeks and I’ll put all my energy into helping the team drive forward to stay in the Premier League.