By Saikat Mandal

24th Dec, 2021 | 3:45pm

Sky Sports expert predicts West Ham v Southampton

West Ham will take on Southampton in the Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Ahead of the match, Sky Sports expert, Lewis Jones has predicted a 2-0 victory for David Moyes’s side.

Both the club are going through a poor run of form at the moment which makes this tie a fascinating contest.

Jones has predicted Declan Rice to score from outside the box. He wrote for Sky Sports: “West Ham have only won one of their last six Premier League games, that was against Chelsea, taking five points from 18 available.

“There has been a slightly worrying drop in their attacking numbers but it’s not enough for me to lose faith in David Moyes’ side. I’m happy to back a home win.

“That gives me confidence that Declan Rice’s price for a goal from outside the box remains an angle to keep on nibbling at.

“He’s fired six shots on target in his last nine fixtures and was on free-kick duties in the defeat at Tottenham in midweek. There was a goal from outside the box in the win at Aston Villa and he went close with an off-target attempt in the draw with Burnley.”

Must win

This is a must-win game for the Hammers.

West Ham have picked up only one win from their last seven games in all competitions. They are heading into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup.

The Hammers have dropped to fifth in the table, and they could be overtaken by Spurs, should they win their respective games.

West Ham cannot allow the gap to increase. They need to get back to winning ways, and they have got a good opportunity here.

Southampton are going through a dreadful run of form at the moment, having failed to pick up a win in their last six games in the Premier League.

The Hammers still have got a very good chance of making it to the top four this season, but another poor result at home would be a massive blow for them.

In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson predicts the result of Southampton’s trip to the London Stadium.