'Shocker' - Paul Ince predicts West Ham v Southampton
By Aramide Oladipo
Paul Ince believes that West Ham United will suffer a second consecutive Premier League defeat against Southampton this weekend.
Slaven Bilic’s men travel to St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon and the former Hammers believes that they will lose 2-1 on the day.
The East London club got off to the worst possible start to the new league campaign as Manchester United humiliated them 4-0 at Old Trafford last weekend with a brace from Romelu Lukaku and goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.
The Hammers barely posed an attacking threat as they only managed to register one shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Writing in his column for the Express, Ince believes that West Ham will once again struggle in front of goal against the Saints this weekend.
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“The Hammers had a shocker against United last week, and I just didn’t see them creating anywhere near enough chances to get in the game,” he wrote.
“It might be different this week at the Saints’ place, but it’s hard to imagine what can really change to make it much better.”
West Ham will hope to replicate last season’s performance away at St Mary’s when they came away with a 3-1 victory with goals from Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble.
In fact, the Hammers have only lost one of their last five trips to Southampton in the Premier League.
Bilic will be hopeful that his side can extend their fine run of form against them on Saturday as they look to lift themselves off the foot of the Premier League table.