Southampton Match Preview
After a big week which has seen West Ham United collect four points, they only need one more to cement their place in the top six and qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage but will be seeking all three when Southampton arrive in Stratford to end the 2020/21 campaign.
A maximum of 10,000 home fans will be in attendance and after missing out on their ultimate goal of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, those lucky enough to be in East London will hope to see their team secure the result they need to guarantee European football next season.
Despite not winning at home since April 11, the Hammers will want to go out on a high and break the record that they equalled with the victory at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
The omens are in the home side’s favour here as they have not lost a home game to the Saints since the 2016/17 season when the visitors were under the stewardship of Claude Puel.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will be chasing his first ever win against the Irons and although his side go into this game having had one extra day’s preparation, they also come into the contest off the back of a 2-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Leeds United.
Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański injured his knee in the warm-up at The Hawthorns and faces a late fitness check to see if he will be able to be back in contention here. If he doesn’t make it however, then Darren Randolph will again deputise. Jesse Lingard is set to play the final game of his loan spell after joining from Manchester United back in January.
All final day matches kick-off at 4pm. The encounter in Stratford has been added to the schedule for live television coverage and will be screened by Sky One from 3pm. Martin Atkinson is in charge of the encounter.