Southampton continue their Emirates FA Cup campaign on Wednesday as they host West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium.
Saints vs West Ham
Emirates FA Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Wednesday 2nd March, 7:30pm GMT
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Matthew Wilkes.
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury.
VAR: Simon Hooper.
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup is up for grabs as David Moyes' West Ham travel to Southampton.
Hasenhüttl's men reached the semi-final stage of the competition in the 2020-21 season, ultimately losing out to eventual winners Leicester City.
West Ham reached the fifth round of the competition last season, falling to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford to deny them a quarter-final place.
Saints have been forced into extra time in both their third and fourth round ties with Swansea and Coventry, finding the net in extra time to prevent penalties.
While the visitors third round tie against Leeds was a more straight forward affair, Kidderminster Harriers nearly pulled off the ultimate shock in the fourth round.
The National League North outfit took the lead after just 19 minutes of play, forcing a last gasp equaliser from Declan Rice to force the game into extra time. With the game certain to head to penalties, Jarrod Bowen netted a 121st minute goal to secure West Ham’s place in the fifth round.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Saints, who remain without Alex McCarthy, Nathan Tella and Lyanco.
ralph hasenhüttlit is good to give other players the chance to show up, and we have five substitutes in the cup which is good.
on rotating his southampton squad
Vladimir Coufal, Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku are all unavailable for selection.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We have twice done a good job against West Ham and this is what we will concentrate on to do so again."
David Moyes: “I think Southampton's recent form has been very good, they were excellent against Tottenham the other week. I think they are in a good vein of form.”
ONES TO WATCH
James Ward-Prowse: While Hasenhüttl may look to rotate his squad for the cup contest, Captain James Ward-Prowse could play a pivotal role in the tie. Controlling the ball from midfield while dangerous behind a set-piece, he'll be looking to add to his goal scoring tally.
Jarrod Bowen: The 25-year-old continues to shine for David Moyes’ side, scoring eight times and contributed eight assists already in the league this season, Bowen’s form has transferred to the FA Cup and he’ll be looking to make it three out of three in the cup, having already scored in the third and fourth round of the competition.
Adams, Broja 8
Moi Elyounoussi 7
James Ward-Prowse 6
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Elyounoussi, Walker-Peters 3
Jarrod Bowen 12
Michaeil Antonio 9
Saïd Benrahma 8
Bowen, Antonio 9
Aaron Cresswell 7
Benrahma, Rice, Coufal 4
HEAD TO HEAD
West Ham: 80
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven FA Cup matches at St Mary’s (W5 D2), though were eliminated from one of those ties via a penalty shootout. Saints are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in consecutive campaigns for the first time since 1904-05 & 1905-06.
- This will be the third meeting of the season between Southampton and West Ham, with Saints remaining unbeaten in the two Premier League fixtures between the sides (W1 D1). Prior to their 3-2 away win on Boxing Day, Southampton were winless in eight matches with the Hammers (D2 L6).
- Since joining Southampton in 2016-17, Nathan Redmond has been involved in more FA Cup goals than any other player for the club (6 goals, 2 assists). These eight involvements have come in his last nine appearances in the competition.
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