Southampton hosts West Ham United in the FA Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 2nd at St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
On February 25, Southampton confidently coped with Norwich in the 27th round of the English Premier League (2-0). That victory allowed the Saints to take ninth place in the standings. At the moment, they have 35 points in their assets. In the current FA Cup, Southampton has played two matches. The team gained victory over Swansea and then eliminated Coventry City. It is noteworthy that the Saints had to play extra time in both cases. In the last seven FA Cup games, Southampton has not suffered a single defeat at home (four victories and three draws).
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Like Southampton, West Ham is also in fairly good shape at the moment. In the last five games in all tournaments, the Hammers have not suffered a single defeat (three victories and two draws). In the last round of the English Premier League, David Moyes’s men beat Wolverhampton at home (1-0). Like the Saints, West Ham played two matches in the FA Cup. The Irons beat Leeds (2-0) and then gained victory over Kidderminster (2-1 after extra time). Six of West Ham’s last seven games in the FA Cup ended with “Both teams to score — no.”
Southampton and West Ham have already played two head-to-head matches in the current season. The game on the Saints’ pitch ended in a goalless draw. And the Hammers gained a 3-2 victory in London. As I said, both clubs are in good condition now. Therefore, we have every chance to see a really interesting confrontation. Hasenhüttl’s men suffered only one defeat in the last 12 games. The Hammers are also in good condition, which is confirmed by a streak of five consecutive matches without defeats. I think none of the teams will play open football, so the match may not be too productive. But I do not recommend betting on low production. I see a much more interesting option: a draw.