By Nick Ware

10th Sep, 2021 | 9:00pm

Southampton Super Fan delivers verdict ahead of West Ham clash

This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming West Ham games. Ahead of Saturday’s game against Southampton, we caught up with Bene Holley, writer for @TheSaintsFCBlog.

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West Ham head to the south coast to face Southampton on Saturday afternoon, hoping to keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will play host to the Irons at St. Mary’s Stadium without a win in their opening three Premier League games of the 2021/22 campaign, but buoyed by two battling draws against Newcastle United and Manchester United, either side of an emphatic 8-0 win over Newport County in the League Cup.

West Ham, meanwhile, sit second in the Premier League table after victories over Newcastle and Leicester City were followed by a draw at home to Crystal Palace.

The previous encounter between the sides in March saw the Irons run out convincing 3-0 winners at the London Stadium, while the St. Mary’s clash in December 2020 finished 0-0.

Remarkably, Southampton have not beaten West Ham since August 2017, with the Irons enjoying six victories since.

Ahead of Saturday, West Ham Zone spoke to Bene Holley, writer for @TheSaintsFCBlog, for his thoughts on the clash.

What have you made of West Ham’s start to the season? Who will cause you the biggest issues, aside from the obvious threat of Michail Antonio?

West Ham have looked really dangerous in the few matches they’ve played. I think they’re going to be a very tough opponent to play against. I think we’ll have to watch out for Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma. Both are outstanding players who are going to be hard to stop from creating chances and scoring.

What have you made of Southampton’s start to the season?

Our start has been quite positive. Our first match against Everton was one to forget, but the games against Manchester United and Newcastle showed very good performances from our side. I say we could even be able to pull off something against the Hammers. 

Who should Hammers watch out for in the Saints side on Saturday?

James Ward-Prowse and Tino Livramento. They are two players who are in great form at the moment and could make a huge difference in matches like this. 

Score prediction?

I am being a little optimistic, so I’ll say 2-2. It will be an entertaining game, with two sides who have a strong attack and midfield. West Ham will dominate but I’m confident we’ll be able to create a couple of chances that could hurt their defence.

In other West Ham news, an ex-PL official has sent a warning to this Irons star amid major controversy last week.

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