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Arnautovic To Lead The Line | 4-1-4-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup Vs Southampton

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West Ham United will entertain Southampton at the London Stadium on Saturday hoping to build on their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. The Hammers have often dropped points at home and have also struggled to find consistency throughout this campaign and so they shouldn’t take anything for granted against the Saints.

Manuel Pellegrini is expected to opt for a 4-1-4-1 formation and might name an unchanged side for this Premier League encounter.

4-1-4-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup To Face Southampton

Defence

Łukasz Fabiański will operate in between the sticks for the Hammers on Saturday afternoon after he has kept a well-deserved clean sheet versus Mauricio Pochettino’s side last weekend. The centre-back pair of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop will lineup ahead of the Polish goalie as they look to earn another shut-out at the London Stadium. Angelo Ogbonna will be available on Pellegrini’s bench and might come on during the clash if needed.

Ryan Fredericks is expected to feature in the right-back position as he looks to be a creative force in the opposition half. Arthur Masuaku would try to use his pace and power on the other side while operating as the left-back. Even though a home outing against the Saints could be tricky, the Hammers still have enough quality in their squad to claim maximum points from this contest.

Midfield

Declan Rice will play as a defensive midfielder while the tireless midfield duo of Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass would operate just ahead of him as they look to establish West Ham’s dominance in midfield. Felipe Anderson will be deployed on the left wing as he tries to be creative on the ball and create some chances for his teammates in the final third.

Michail Antonio will lineup on the right side of the Hammers midfield after his goal-scoring heroics in the London derby versus Spurs last weekend. The English attacker will look to replicate a similar kind of display in front of the home supporters on Saturday.

Attack

Marko Arnautovic could get another chance to shine as a centre-forward if he can recover in time for this encounter. The Austrian international needs to score more goals if he wants to keep his place in Pellegrini’s first-team.

Javier Hernandez could be a part of the Hammers bench and might come on during the contest if required.

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