In the final round of weekend games, West Ham take on Southampton on Sunday afternoon, with West Ham looking to arrest their dreadful run of form. On the Monday Night Football. Burnley take on Watford at Turf Moor with the Clarets desperate for a win themselves and Watford will be looking to make it three successive wins.

West Ham vs Southampton – Sunday 25th September 2016 – 16:00 - Sky Sports 1 

Can West Ham end their run of three successive defeats against the Saints?
Can West Ham end their run of three successive defeats against the Saints?

West Ham welcome Southampton to the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the Hammers looking to recover from their dreadful start.

Slaven Bilic's men have endured a poor start this season, they have lost four out of their five PL games.

West Brom were the latest side to beat the Hammers, dispatching West Ham by 4-2 at the Hawthorns.

Goals from new signing Nacer Chadli (8 and 56), Salomon Rondon (37) and James McClean (44) saw West Brom go 4-0 up.

In-form man Michail Antonio scored in the 61st minute to restore some pride, with Manuel Lanzini scoring in the 65th minute to add some respectability to proceedings for the Hammers.

West Ham had 70.4% possession of the ball away from home, but had just 5 shots on target from 23 shots overall.

Poor Result For The Hammers

West Ham struggled in their midweek EFL Cup match against Accrington Stanley, with a 1-0 squeezing them into the next round.

Dimitri Payet spared his manager's blushes, with a free-kick in the 96th minute enough to beat the valiant Accrington.

West Ham are currently on a run of three successive defeats, against West Brom, Watford and Manchester City.

Their solitary win was a 1-0 win against Bournemouth, a great response after their opening day defeat.

Mixed Start To Season

They started the season with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League and they will count themselves seriously unlucky.

They have had a tough fixture list to start, playing Chelsea and City away in two of their first three fixtures.

However they would have targeted wins against West Brom and Watford, so they are in a tough patch of form.

West Ham will be looking to improve their overall record against Southampton, in 64 matches they have won 21, drawn 23 and lost 23.

West Ham are 17/10 with Michail Antonio at 6/1 to open the scoring.

 

Can West Ham register their second win of the season.
Can West Ham register their second win of the season.

Southampton registered an excellent 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace in their midweek tie, with progression to the next round of the EFL Cup.

Goals from Charlie Austin (33) and Jake Hesketh (63), gave the Saints a comfortable win for Claude Puel.

Their 3-0 win in their opening Europa League game has been the catalyst in Southampton's Premier League season.

Their last Premier League game saw them finally win their first Premier League game, with a 1-0 win against Swansea City.

Charlie Austin has been in excellent recent form, his goal in the 64th minute settling the tie after his goals in the Europa League.

Southampton are currently on a three-game winning streak in all competitions, a position the club will be delighted with given their start.

Puel looking for win

Southampton face a West Ham side that have really struggled for form, they are third from bottom having won just one game and lost the other four.

The Saints were in a similar position prior to their win against Swansea, they won't be taking anything for granted.

Southampton find themselves in 14th position, with two draws, two defeats and two wins in their five matches.

They have lost against Manchester United and Arsenal, with draws against Sunderland and Watford.

Europe A Welcome Relief?

They face a huge challenge to remain competitive in the Premier League and progress in the Europa League.

Southampton may well find that this temporary relief from the Premier League may help their domestic form though.

European matches at St.Mary's are what the club has worked so hard for, the players will be motivated to ensure they don't fail after last season's exploits.

Southampton are 8/5 with Charlie Austin at 5/1 to score first.

 

Burnley vs Watford – Monday 26th September 2016 – 20:00 - Sky Sports 1 

Can Watford continue their excellent run and make it three from three
Can Watford continue their excellent run and make it three from three

Burnley welcome Watford to the Turf Moor on Monday Night, with the Clarets looking to recover from their difficult start.

Burnley come into this fixture having enjoyed a tough start to life back in the Premier League.

They lost their last match against Leicester City 3-0, with the Foxes resurgent after their difficult start.

Goals from Islam Slimani (45+2 & 48) either side of half time, and a Ben Mee own goal completed a miserable afternoon for Burnley.

Mixed Start For Dyche

Burnley have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, with three defeats out of five games, with Chelsea, Swansea and Leicester defeating them.

They find themselves in 16th position in the Premier League, with four points from give games.

Sean Dyche's side are just one point above the relegation zone, come the end of the season they will be delighted if they finish in that position.

Big Season For The Clarets

Burnley will have a very difficult season ahead, but the Championship season has given them the perfect audition for life in the Premier League.

They have scored just three goals in their opening five games, with two of those coming in the victorious 2-0 win over Liverpool.

In Watford, the Clarets face a side who they will be targeting the maximum three points from, especially at home.

Burnley's record against Watford is even, the sides have drawn their last four successive matches against each other.

Burnley are 19/10 with Andre Gray at 5/1 to open the scoring.

 

Turf Moor the venue for Monday Night's clash against Watford
Turf Moor the venue for Monday Night's clash against Watford

Watford will have enjoyed their last win in the Premier League, after defeating Manchester United 3-1.

Goals from Etienne Capoue (34), Zuniga (83) and Troy Deeney (90+5) settling the tie.

Marcus Rashford scored United's opening goal in the second half, with United failing to register a single shot on target in the first half.

The Hornets are in excellent form having registered a 4-2 win against West Ham prior to the United result, which appears to have been a major catalyst for their form.

Walter Mazzarri's side produced an excellent comeback, having found themselves 2-0 down after just 33 minutes.

Michali Antonio continued his excellent form for club, with two goals inside 33 minutes to give West Ham the lead.

Watford came back in emphatic fashion, with goals from Odion Ighalo (41) and captain Troy Deeney (45+2), ensuring that the Hornets went into the break on level terms.

Two second half goals from Etienne Capoue (53) and Holebas completing an incredible comeback at the London Stadium.

Mazzarri Revels In Huge Win

Walter Mazzarri had enjoyed a tough start to life as a Premier League manager, with just five points from his opening four games.

During that time they have only left the capital once, with tough matches against Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal after an opening day draw against Southampton.

Much More To Come

Watford's last two wins have seen them climb up to 9th in the table, level with a host of sides on seven points.

The most impressive aspect of the last few games has been the seven goals scored, they have finally rediscovered their scoring touch.

They hadn't beaten Manchester United in a league game in over 20 years, with a 1-0 win in the 1986/87 season, another impressive record now consigned to history.

Burnley will be a tough opposition for Watford, with the Clarets struggling and they will be targeting a hard-fought three points against the Hornets.

Watford are 6/4 with Troy Deeney at 5/1 to score first.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Austin to score first @ 5/1 and a 2-2 draw @ 12/1

Tip 2 - Gray to score first @ 5/1 and a 2-2 draw @ 14/1

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