West ham will be needing to offer a little more in terms of offensive effort this evening if they are to stop a rampant Southampton. Against Villa, the lack of a forward capable of holding up the ball resulted in a miserable 40% possession for the Hammers who ultimately conceded under the pressure of wave after wave of Villa attacks.
With that in mind, the likely return of Andy Sicknote today is a real boost for Slaven Bilic. David Gold has tweeted to suggest that the physical frontman should be available. Here at VERYWESTHAM we can reveal the full extent of Mr Gold's efforts to ensure that Andy be available for the match - which required intense negotiations in order to free the multitalented star from his duties as Chewbacca in the latest Star Wars blockbuster.
With ace Pilot Manuel Lanzini also possibly available, the Hammers may yet spring a surprise victory against an understandably cocky Southampton! Either way, the imminent return of Dimitri Payet will surely reawaken the powerful force that was the Irons at the start of the season.
Kick off this evening is at 5.30.