Bet Southampton Moneyline +180 vs. West Ham United

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 7:24 PM UTC

West Ham and Southampton collide in EPL week 3; mere days after the Hammers were dumped out of Capital One League Cup by Sheffield United, a side that is now two divisions down from Premier League. How will the Hammers bounce back in a match that is set on a tight betting line?

West Ham United look to win two in a row
Week 2 ranking: 8 th
W-D-L Record: 1-0-1

Analysis: West Ham United were stunned in Capital One League Cup by Sheffield United at Upton Park on Tuesday when the League One side (two divisions lower) won 5-4 on penalties after the tie settled on a 1-1 draw. Sam Allardyce’s £14m signing Valencia was the only player to miss his spot-kick, after the second round tie couldn’t be decided in extra time. Perhaps the Hammers were guilty of taking their opponents for granted, not approaching it with the seriousness and intensity it really deserved. “At the end of the day, it is our fault,” the UK Daily Mail quoted Allardyce. Whatever the reason, they’ll need to bounce back quickly as a date with Southampton looms on the weekend at Upton Park.

Southampton look for first win of the season
Week 2 ranking: 14 th
W-D-L Record: 0-1-1

Analysis: Southampton are after winning turnout in Capital One League Cup action having beaten Millwall FC (Championship side), 2-0 on the road. The victory marked Southampton’s first win and second straight undefeated match across all competitions. The Saints will look to carry the momentum into the weekend as they search for their first Premier League win.

The Saints enjoyed a stunning 2013-2014 season, finishing 8th overall behind a 15-11-12 mark and 56 points. This term expectations are low for Southampton because the ins and outs over the summer transfer window have decimated their starting XI.  Liverpool in particular went on a rampage and pilfered all they could from their bench in a desperate attempt to fill the void left by Luis Suarez’ departure to the greener pastures of La Liga. That Tottenham have made off with their impressive manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t help their cause either.

That said the Saints have a new coach in Ronald Koeman from Eredevise side Feyenoord. Following in the big footsteps of Pochettino isn’t an enviable task, but the Dutchman has a solid resume in the game. As well as taking Feyenoord to consecutive top finishes in Dutch top-flight, he also coached Ajax and PSV (where he won the Dutch title twice) and enjoyed a prosperous stint in Valencia. There will be growing pains in Southampton but they might not be as dire as some are predicting.

Match Betting Tips and Picks:
Bookies have set this week 3 EPL fixture on a tight betting line with West Ham United matched at +160 soccer odds to Southampton’s +180 soccer odds while the draw is trading at +220. On the balance of the first two weeks, West Ham United would appear to be the better side, maybe even the popular soccer pick. They are eighth in the table with a 1-0-1 mark, which includes an opening 1-0 defeat to Tottenham and 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Looks can be deceiving however.

Home advantage for this fixture helps as they look to extend their winning streak to two in a row, but bookies aren’t cornering this match in their camp wholeheartedly and that is telling. Being dumped out of Capital One League Cup action by a Premier League subordinate can’t sit well in the locker room, never mind with fans and pundits.

Southampton, by contrast, had a rough start to their campaign, opening with a 2-1 defeat at Anfield Stadium. Then, they failed to capitalise on winnable match at home to West Bromwich. There’s something to be said about adjusting to a new coach, as there is to playing without the prize weapons that were instrumental towards the successful season. What’s important – the scrap of hope Southampton fans could hold on to – is the return to winning form, albeit in Capital One action. Millwall may be a lesser outfit than West Ham United is, but Sheffield United is even lower down the totem pole. If the Blades can beat the Hammers, surely the Saints have to fancy their chances.   

Soccer Free Picks: Southampton to win outright at +180

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