Sunday goals at a premium
David John is not expecting there to be a deluge of goals when Southampton host West Ham on Sunday.
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Sky's Super Sunday fixture has two teams that both suffered their first defeats of the season before the international break and the puzzle for punters to solve is which one - if either - is in a better position to get back on track.
Saints certainly seem in much healthier shape in terms of personnel to select from as the visitors are suffering from a huge shortfall in terms of firepower up front.
Having rather put all their eggs rather in one basket, the Hammers are still reeling from the news that Andy Carroll has suffered a a recurrence of the foot problem that has been troubling him - he has yet to make an appearance for his new club since making his switch from Liverpool permanent.
Sam Allardyce desperately attempted to get some cover in before the close of the transfer window but had no joy in a pursuit of former Upton Park star Demba Ba or the lively Romelu Lukaku.
Mladen Petric did arrive but is not match fit yet while Carlton Cole's services were ultimately shunned by the club so that leaves Modibo Maiga as the lone recognised player in a striking capacity.
Allardyce is determined not to be too downcast and hopes his excellent managerial record against Southampton can count for something but with no Joe Cole or Stuart Downing either, he is going to be heavily reliant on captain Kevin Nolan to pop up in the opposition box and perhaps snaffle a chance.
So does that make the hosts viable odds-on chances for the three points?
They do have the potential of goals in them with Rickie Lambert (making his 200th appearance for the club), Jay Rodriguez and new man Dani Osvaldo while Maurico Pochettino's quick-temp pressing game will not give West Ham any time to dwell.
However, after an eyecatching win at West Brom on the opening day, the Saints did let punters down byy only managing a 1-1 draw against a currently average Sunderland side at St Mary's.
So a skinny quote for the home win has to be treated with some caution and I am more tempted with the 3/4 on under two and a half goals in the game.
Just where West Ham will score from is a real issue and even if Southampton do win, it will not be by blowing away the opposition with a flurry of goals.
Verdict: Southampton 1 West Ham 0
Southampton have scored just four goals in their last eight Barclays Premier League matches.
The Hammers have won only one of their last 15 Barclays Premier League away games (D4 L10).
West Ham failed to register a shot on target in their last Premier League match; against Stoke on August 31st.
Sam Allardyce is unbeaten in nine Premier League meetings with Southampton (W3 D6).