West Ham are going through a difficult period and hope to solve this problem when they host Southampton at home on Boxing Day. Against an opponent who is also playing very badly and has not won all of the last 6 rounds, it is clear that the opportunity for “Sledgehammer” to continue to compete with one foot in the top 4 is completely feasible.
The only goal of striker Jarrod Bowen could not help West Ham have a ticket to continue in the League Cup when they lost to Tottenham with a score of 1-2 on aggregate. This defeat also marked a period of decline in form for West Ham. Accordingly, the last 4 outings in all competitions “sledgehammer” did not win (draw 1, lose 3). In the Premier League alone, West Ham only won 1/6 of the last matches (draw 2, lost 3). The only victory that coach David Moyes and his team had in the above period was against Chelsea.
The decline in performance caused West Ham to be kicked out of the top 4 and gradually lost his breath in the race to win tickets to the Champions League next season. A total of 17 matches were played, the home team won 8, drew 4 and lost 5. This result brought them 28 points and 5th place on the table. With 4 points less than Arsenal ranked above and 1 match left, West Ham need to keep a cool head in the next period. West Ham have conceded 2 or more goals in 3 of their last 5 matches and need to quickly overcome their defensive weakness in the reception to Southampton.
Southampton just drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace, although they had a moment to take the lead. Similar to his opponent, this was also the period when Southampton played downhill miserably. In the last 6 rounds, they did not know the taste of victory (draw 3, lose 3). Since the home win over Aston Villa in early November, Southampton has not been the same. After a total of 17 matches, coach Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team only won 3, drew 8 and lost 6. Currently with 17 points, the away team is in 15th place on the table with 6 points more than the group holding the red light.
If the game is not careful, the possibility that Southampton will have to hold a grudge at the end of the season is very large. In terms of defense, Southampton are so weak that they are leading in the last 3/4 matches but have not won a match. In the most recent match, they led Crystal Palace 2-1 in the first half but ended with a 2-2 draw. Their record away from home is also poor, with losing the last 3/4 matches, collecting only 1 point from 12 in the last 4 away matches. Things are more difficult for Southampton when they have not won in the last 8 encounters with West Ham (draw 2, lose 6).