On Wednesday, as on the previous day of the week, European football will be played mainly in cup matches. There will be especially a lot of them in England, as the 1/8 final round is just getting underway there. One of the most interesting pairings of the evening will be Southampton and West Ham. Hasenhüttl versus Moyes – who will beat who? The website analysts have prepared a prediction for the match on March 2, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds can be found at 1xbet eu.
Southampton are a team that has picked up good form and can use it
Saints have been playing under Ralph Hasenhüttl for 3 years now, since December 2018. The Austrian was called by the then project owners, the Liebherrs. He helped the team through some tough years, when they had to compensate by selling players and often finding replacements in their own academy. The investors have changed again in the winter, and at least Dragan Szolak, who acquired Soton, has big plans. However, even without new personnel, the manager has managed to keep the team in good form – they have hardly lost a game since mid-December. The victory over Norwich was the 4th in the last 5 rounds, while only 1 defeat from 12 games ended in a defeat.
West Ham want to take something meaningful this season
The Hammers have markedly, qualitatively improved under David Moyes. Last season, too, they were narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot-kick by Chelsea or Liverpool. Now, too, the London club is trying to compete for 4th place, and more than once even climbed it, but the strength seems to be lacking, and there are a lot of misfires. Yes, after 2 draws they beat Wolverhampton, but even after that it’s still 5th. Why not try to prove yourself on other “fronts”? In the Europa League, we got through the group with confidence. In the League Cup Yarmolenko and company got past both Manchester City and Manchester City, but eventually lost to Tottenham on their home ground. However, in the FA Cup, having beaten Leeds, the Hammers suffered with semi-amateur Kidderminster from the 6th division: first Rice put the game into overtime in the 91st minute, and in it Bowen marked the winning actually in the last attack.
West Ham had a streak of eight games without defeat, until last September. But the Saints won the shoot-out 3-2 in London on Christmas Day in December.
Both clubs are in good form and may not mind battling for passage onwards. We bet on the fight to be fierce and bring “less than 2.5 goals” (odds – 2.0).