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Southampton vs West Ham: Clean sheet to accompany home victory

| 01.04.2013

Entering this match unbeaten in four and on the back of three consecutive victories, it is unsurprising to see Southampton afforded 17/20 favouritism at home to West Ham.

And they should be backed to justify that price against their inconsistent visitors, who, at 3/1, look best avoided considering they have scored only nine away goals all season.

That tally is the joint-lowest in the top flight, and as such, it looks wise to invest in a low-scoring Saints victory.

10/3 is available regarding the hosts winning a match that involves less than 2.5 goals, whilst backing Mauro Pochettino’s men to keep a clean sheet is also a tempting prospect.

Southampton haven’t been breached in half of their past four matches, and appear well-positioned to shut-out the joint fifth-worst attack in the top flight again here at 6/4.

At 21/10, the hosts also make much appeal to triumph in this match without conceding.

Meanwhile, it should also be noted that in each of Southampton’s last three wins, they have turned a half-time lead into a full-time success.

Repetition of those circumstances for a fourth game running is priced at 13/8, with the Saints 13/10 to simply win the first half.

They have won both halves in each of those three most recent outings however, so at a big 18/5, may represent value to record another dominant triumph.

For more cautious punters, the 6/4 that Southampton simply find the net both before and after the break also appears unmissable.

The likes of Jay Rodriguez make the aforementioned price look too big, amidst the terrific recent form that has seen him notch three times in his past three matches.

Rodriguez is 11/2 to open the scoring, as he has done in each of the Saints’ past two games, and he can also be backed at 7/4 to strike during a Southampton win, a bet that would have paid off in their last three fixtures.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee