Soccer Picks: Southampton vs. West Ham United Tips

Nila Amerova

Monday, September 9, 2013 8:08 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 8:08 PM GMT

The Premier League returns this weekend with a full menu of fixtures. Join us as we preview and share our soccer picks for the matchup between Southampton and West Ham United, a match slated for Sunday at St. Mary’s Stadium and that could go either way, therefore offering value on both sides of the coin.

Southampton slight favourites

William Hill have listed Southampton as the -110 favourites on the money line whilst Bet365 have tipped them slightly higher at -118. To all intents and purposes, sportsbooks agree that Southampton are the slight favourites here to win at home to West Ham United.

Moreover, we can clearly tell that they are expecting a low-scoring affair as they’ve priced the Under 2.5 at -125 while tipping the Over 2.5 at +100. And in terms of predicting the score, they seem to be leaning towards a 1-0 result at +550. A 2-0 result or a 2-1 result is listed at +750 and then, from there onwards, the prices go into the four-digit range.

Other sports betting markets support the starting offer on Southampton to win outright as are tipped the favourites to win both halves at +188 while a draw-Southampton win is next up at +350.

Southampton are sat pretty on tenth spot in the table, picking up four points in three laps around the league. They are in good company with Man U (also on four points) but Man U’s slightly better goal differential of +2 sees them in seventh place.

Southampton began the season with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich and then followed with a 1-1 draw to Sunderland. They extended their undefeated run to three games in a row across two competitions with a 5-1 win over Barnsley in League Cup. A few days later however they succumbed to their first defeat on the season with a narrow 1-0 loss at Norwich.

All in all it has been a positive start on the season for Southampton, aided along by a rather favourable schedule that pitted them against middleweights and lightweights. And it certainly looks like this run of positive form could continue at the expense of West Ham United, yet another middleweight strewn in their path.

West Ham United is not without a shot

West Ham United go into this clash as the underdogs. Rather hefty ones at +350 to win outright with Bet365 and slightly less so at William Hill where they are listed at +300. Where these two sportsbooks agree is on the draw which they’ve priced at +250.

West Ham United boasts four points after three laps in the league and are sat in eighth spot currently. They kicked off the new season with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City and followed with a scoreless draw at Newcastle. Although they continued their undefeated run through League Cup action they weren’t successful in extending their clean sheets to three in a row with a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town.

If you are looking to back West Ham United, it’s important to note that the odds are stacked against them in just about every market – save for a 1-1 draw that is priced at +550, which is the same price currently available for a 1-0 Southampton win. Score markets on a West Ham win open with +1000 odds on a 1-0 win and continue to increase. Heck, even a scoreless draw is priced lower at +900 at Bet365.

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Southampton vs. West Ham United Predictions. Although soccer odds point to a conspicuous disparity between these two teams, fact is they are rather evenly matched up and that means there is value on both sides of the coin. Very little separates these two clubs right now in the table and both are looking to bounce back after the last disappointment. That said Southampton is the better choice for your soccer picks here altogether because a) they have home advantage and b) they have that X-factor in Rickie Lambert, who powered his way into the limelight with an amazing goal for England at first call to duty and that many feel could challenge for top goal scorer this season. So we’re plumping down to a Southampton win at -110 at William Hill. As well, we like the 2-0 or 2-1 result at +750.

Soccer Free Picks: Southampton at -110 at William Hill.
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