West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has named Super Eagles forward Victor Moses in his starting line-up for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Senegal’s Sadio Mane’s Southampton at St Mary’s stadium.
While Moses gest the nod for a starting spot, his compatriot Eammanuel Emenike gets a bench role but the Nigerians who look to extend their unbeaten run to four games will have to overcome Mane and Wanyama in for that feat.
Slaven Bilic’s men have been in good form of late drawing with Manchester City and Liverpool before cruising to victory at home to Aston Villa. who have had a good run in recent weeks.
Southampton themselves are in terrific form too. After wins over Watford and West Brom, a late Charlie Austen winner secured a 1-0 win away at Old Trafford before securing a valuable point away at Arsenal.
In the reverse fixture in late December, the Hammers came from behind to secure a 2-1 win after second half goals from Michail Antonio, his first for the club, and substitute Andy Carroll.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Nigerian internationals are placed sixth with 39 points, while Southampton are just a place below in seventh, five points behind.
The last three meetings at Southampton have ended all square – including goalless draws in the last two. West Ham have never won a game at St Mary’s Stadium (D4, L2), scoring just two goals.
West Ham XI: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Song, Moses, Noble (c), Payet, Antonio, Valencia
West Ham subs: Randolph, Carroll, Obiang, O’Brien, Byram, Emenike, Oxford