Meanwhile, the Hammers know that avoiding defeat at the Etihad Stadium are going to be enough to maneuver them above Aston Villa and out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
West Ham’s rearranged Premier League fixture against Manchester City takes place tonight as David Moyes’ side begin a horror run of games which could plunge them further into trouble.
The Hammers threw away a 3-1 cause draw with Brighton last outing , dropping into rock bottom three for the primary time since the opening weekend of the season.
Any result at the Etihad are going to be considered a bonus,
with City little question wanting to show that a two-year ban from Uefa competition handed down on Friday –
which they decide to appeal – won’t affect their performances.
At the Etihad, against a relegation-battler, Manchester City should achieve a significant bottle-job to not post the three points on the board.
Also remember that they’re going to be furious after the loss they experienced at the hands of Spurs the prior game week.
However, with trips to City, Liverpool and Arsenal all to return in their next four games,
there’s the likelihood of Snodgrass being left powerless to stop West Ham from being cut adrift within the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship.
West Ham United vs Southampton Team News
Like with Laporte, Benjamin Mendy has been suffering with muscle fatigue in recent weeks,
although the extended break should mean that both players line up in defence.
While Mendy is predicted to return certain the suspended Oleksandr Zinchenko, Laporte may be a potential replacement for Nicolas Otamendi.
Foden might be in line to require the place of Ilkay Gundogan,
while Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez may get the nod on the flanks within the absence of the injured Raheem Sterling.
Moyes are going to be ready to call upon new signing Jarrod Bowen for this contest,
although it might come as a surprise if the winger featured within the first XI.
After mistakes were made in defence against Brighton, one among Issa Diop or
Angelo Ogbonna could sink to the substitutes’ bench, leading to a recall for Fabian Balbuena.
Manchester City defenders Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones could all return on Wednesday night.
Raheem Sterling suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham and is unlikely to be risked, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended.
West Ham’s Felipe Anderson is in contention to play after missing five games due to rib and back injuries.
January signing Jarrod Bowen could make his debut, but this match will come too early for Andriy Yarmolenko.
West Ham United vs Southampton Line Up
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo, Aguero, Mahrez
West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Antonio, Haller
West Ham United vs Southampton Head to Head
Wednesday’s encounter will represent the 111th competitive meeting between the 2 sides,
with City registering 56 wins as compared to 37 victories for West Ham.
Despite giving good accounts of themselves at the Etihad in recent years,
West Ham have lost their last eight games against City, a run stretching back to the beginning of 2016.
Their last success came in September of the previous year as Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho helped the Hammers to a 2-1 triumph within the North-West.
How to follow West Ham United vs Southampton
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Saturday 29 February, 2020