Southampton v West Ham team news and stats

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 3:08

Andy Carroll: Told he'll be staying at West Ham

Andy Carroll is fit for West Ham’s trip to St Mary’s to face a Southampton side that has kept three consecutive clean sheets at home. 

Team news

Southampton can welcome back new striker Charlie Austin.

The £4million January signing from QPR, who scored the winner at Manchester United on his debut last weekend, has shaken off the knock which kept him out of the midweek draw at Arsenal.

But full-back Matt Targett will miss out after picking up an ankle injury in training and midfielder Steven Davis is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

West Ham can add strikers Andy Carroll and Emmanuel Emenike to their squad for the trip to the south coast.

Carroll is fit after missing four matches with a hamstring injury and new signing Emenike’s work permit has come through following his loan switch from Fenerbahce.

Sam Byram hopes to shake off a knock and fellow defender Angelo Ogbonna should be fit after a bout of flu, but Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho (both thigh) are still out.

Kick-off at St Mary’s is 5:30pm.

Opta stats

  • Southampton have kept three consecutive clean sheets on home soil in the Premier League – they last kept four in a row there in October 2013.
  • After winning four of their first five Premier League away games this season (W4 D1 L0), West Ham have won just one of the last seven on the road (W1 D3 L3).
  • Saints have won just one of the last eight Premier League games with West Ham (W1 D4 L3).
  • The last four Premier League meetings between Southampton and West Ham at St Mary’s have ended as draws.
  • West Ham haven’t won both home and away against Southampton in the same league season since 2000/01.
  • West Ham have conceded just 36% of their goals shipped in the second half of games, the lowest proportion in the top flight.
  • Fraser Forster has saved all 12 shots that he’s faced in his four Premier League appearances since his comeback from injury and is yet to concede a goal in these matches. He has kept 17 clean sheets in 34 Premier League games for Southampton, averaging one every other game for the club.
  • Southampton have kept four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League – they last kept five in a row back in March 2001 (seven in a row).
  • The Hammers have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games (W4 D6 L1).
  • Enner Valencia has been directly involved in five of West Ham’s last seven goals in the Premier League, scoring four and assisting another.

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