Draw & Under 2.5 Goals Our Soccer Picks As Southampton Meets West Ham

Nigel Seeley

Friday, February 5, 2016 1:39 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 1:39 PM UTC

Nothing much separates Southampton and West Ham in the league table, but the bookies have a clear favorite. Let's review the odds and take out some valuable soccer picks.

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Free Premier League Pick: Draw; Under 2.5
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


Recent History & Trends
A surprising choice for a live Premier League game on Saturday with the clash from St. Mary's between Southampton and West Ham.

Both of these sides are in pretty decent form, but both of sides' recent matches have been playing their parts in some very dull matches to say the least, and I don't expect to see many thrills and spills in this one. The Saints are unbeaten in their last four games which does include impressive performances at Manchester United and Arsenal, but should they really be as short as just 1.66 with virtually all of the bookies against the in-form Hammers?

Slaven Bilic's side have only lost twice in their last 15 games and many of their fans will look at the 5.50 that is available with almost every bookie and think it's to good an opportunity to miss, well, before you get stuck into those big prices, it's well worth noting that eight of those games in their unbeaten run have ended in draws, and away from home, they've only won once in their last nine.

Looking at the Premier League fixtures this weekend, there really looks to be a lot of very even looking matches, and this one is no exception. At 3.75 with Coral, the draw makes the most appeal for our soccer picks in the match betting.


Betting Analysis & Game Overview
If you are looking for goals, well, you're certainly not going to get many in this one. Ronald Koeman's side have been rock solid in recent weeks keeping clean sheets in their last four matches and the Hammers' will struggle to find away past in former Saints' keeper Fraser Forster. The Saints stopper has been in fantastic form, and in a game where defenses will dominate, this could very quickly fizzle out into a non-event.

The visitors edged past Aston Villa 2-0 in midweek, but that game would've been a lot closer if Villa hadn't been reduced to 10 men early in the match, and this is expected to be very close again, and under 2.5 goals in the game has to be backed at 1.72 which is with Betfred, which looks as one of the bankers of the weekend, and I'm expecting that price to shorten up before kick-off.

Both teams to score punters should also be ticking the "no" box in their weekend coupons, as without Andy Carroll, the Hammers' don't offer the same goal threat (although he may return for this one) and the hosts aren't conceding, and that's a must for the weekend accumulators at the general 1.72.

Despite the visitors sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table, their best chance of European football next season is in the FA Cup and Bilic whose already stated his intention to win that competition over their league position may prioritise next week's home replay with Liverpool, and they look set to visit the South Coast with the intention not to lose.

I'm expecting this to be very tight, and with just one place separating the two in the Premier League table, chances will be few and far between and at 9.50 in the soccer odds boards with Coral, no goalscorer in the match looks a huge price.

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