West Ham United entertain Southampton in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

The Hammers go into the game full of confidence after making history last time out.

Michail Antonio’s brilliant goal was the first scored by an away team at the new ground of fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

As a result the Hammers bagged the bragging rights to the first win there too.

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Hammers look to finish on a high

Southampton are safe from the threat of relegation and have been much improved of late.

But Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to see his side finish with a flourish.

A win would take West Ham onto 49 points and gives them a chance of a top 10 finish on the final day.

West Ham were so good against Spurs that Pellegrini will likely stick with the same side that started in North London.

But the Chilean will be tempted to make one big change.

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One big change for Pellegrini?

Manuel Lanzini has been back in training for the best part of two weeks.


The star midfielder injured his groin against Manchester United and has missed the three games since.

The little jewel is back and available now and comes into serious contention.

Pellegrini must decide whether to stick with Robert Snodgrass or freshen things up with the introduction of Lanzini.

The Saints will likely sit back and try to hit West Ham on the counter attack.

So Pellegrini will go with Lanzini in the hope his guile can unlock the visitors’ defence.

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Back five and Marko earn their places

At the back Ryan Fredericks’ superb second half display, Arthur Masuaku’s continued fine form and the resumption of the excellent partnership between Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena means the back five will be unchanged.

Another player who did himself a big favour with his second half performance at Tottenham was Marko Arnautovic.

So he will continue up front.

Predicted West Ham team to face Southampton:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Antonio, Anderson, Arnautovic.

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