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Match Day Thread West Ham United vs Southampton 31/03/2018 3:00PM KO

Discussion in 'Southampton' started by saintsfcfan, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. saintsfcfan

    saintsfcfan Well-Known Member

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    Evening all and welcome back to another match day thread by Sainstcfan.

    We are almost at the end of the irritable international break and back to the proper Footy, in fact the final leg of the season as it were. In the past we would roll our eyes at the break and say it always disrupts our flow but I genuinely believe this time it will be to our advantage, with Sparky given a full two weeks with the squad to further implement his style of play. The was a certain difference between the two halves against Wigan so hopefully the boys have taken his plans on board as we begin a huge run of a fixtures.

    Saints continue their galavanting away from home, with West Ham the next stop on their trip back to St Marys. This is a massive game and season defining in my view. With Arsenal and Chelsea still to play, as well as Manchester City, games against the teams around us are running out and I have to say that this is as must win as they come. Lose this and it will be very hard to keep our head above water for when May comes around. It’s a lot of pressure on Hughes to get the result but hopefully he will revel in it, and more importantly so do the players in what will be a very toxic atmosphere at West Ham.

    If you thought Saints were in a mess, the fans of West Ham will tell you to hold their drink. Atrocious scenes at the London Stadium, when they lost 3-0 to Burnley, showed a real club in crisis. Fans invading the pitch whilst the vast majority formed a mosh pit below the directors box to hurl abuse at the owners. If there is a game to get an early goal, this is it. If Saints can get a quick 1-0 lead, the crowd will turn on the players and then some. Thankfully David Moyes hasn’t been able to turn around their fortunes, so confidence will be rock bottom going into this game. Let’s capitalise!

    Team news:

    Ryan Bertrand returned home early from England duty but it is not thought to be very serious and should be able to play.

    Charlie Austin will hopefully return.

    West Ham will be without Andy Carroll (thank the ****ing Lord).

    My team:

    McCarthy
    Cedric Stephens Hoedt Bertrand
    JWP Hojbjerg Lemina Boufal
    Austin/Carrillo Gabbiadini

    Prediction

    It will be a weird game but we simply have to win. Genuinely excited to see how Sparky will set us up. I’m going 2-0 Saints. Gabbiadini to score early, West Ham to huff and puff and then Austin to seal it late on, running and celebrating in front of the West Ham’s to spark absolute chaos.

    COYR!
     
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  2. thereisonlyoneno7

    thereisonlyoneno7 Well-Known Member

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    I'm going for 3-1 Saints. 1-0 down, forum in meltdown, then sparky changes the second half and KUMB and the olympic stadium goes into meltdown!

    COYRRRRRRReds!!!!
     
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  3. fran-MLs little camera

    fran-MLs little camera Well-Known Member

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    Just hope the fans don't disrupt the game when we are winning.

    If we are losing they are welcome to tear the pitch up.:bandit: #onlysaintsmatter
     
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  4. West Kent Saint

    West Kent Saint Well-Known Member

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    We'll smash it!
    COYR
     
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  5. rednright

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    We win this 3-1 as we have always played well at WHU. Austin hat trick on his first game back. Big riot on the final whistle.
     
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  6. Whiteley Saint

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    2-1 Saints


    I'll get it right one day if I keep saying it.
     
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  7. AberdeenSaint

    AberdeenSaint Well-Known Member

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    What ? - a manager can change things during a game to positively influence the result ? What lunacy is this !
     
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  8. Archers Road

    Archers Road Urban Spaceman

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    I very rarely classify any game as "must win", but I think this one qualifies, really. Especially as it's hard to see us getting much out of the next two games (maybe a point, maybe more, but let's be realistic).
     
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  9. Archers Road

    Archers Road Urban Spaceman

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    Say it a few hundred times between now and Saturday. Might help, worth a try <ok>
     
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  10. Qwerty

    Qwerty Well-Known Member

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    If Austin really is back for Hughes's first game then this will go in a book explaining how new manager bounce obviously isn't real.
     
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  11. RedandWhiteManofKent

    RedandWhiteManofKent Well-Known Member

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    Let's hammer another iron nail into the hopes of the Brady bunch and give them an Olympic size headache.
     
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  12. Archers Road

    Archers Road Urban Spaceman

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    <laugh> You should apply for a job with The Sun
     
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  13. thereisonlyoneno7

    thereisonlyoneno7 Well-Known Member

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    That would be totally Gold.
     
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  14. Libby

    Libby 9-0

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    We'll ****ing smash them.



    P.S. No to 4-4-2 for me.
     
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  15. fatletiss

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    It’s too early in the week to think about this game. I’ve got stuff to concentrate on this week.
     
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  16. ChilcoSaint

    ChilcoSaint What a disgrace
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    Leave the thinking to us, Fats. You’ll soon catch up.
     
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  17. shoot_spiderman

    shoot_spiderman Power to the People

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    I predict a small profit for Saints ...
    Sorry, a small win. I get confused with all these football terms

    Hopefully Gabbi won't keep getting caught with an overdraught ...
    Doh, I mean offside

    Thank god the football has returned
     
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  18. Beddy

    Beddy Plays the percentage

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    Ah man how great is it to be able to talk about footy matters!!............The next 8 games are all 6 pointers. We are really going to need to see what the players are made of. Apart from a better type of football lets see some passion for a change. Com'on you saints lets be 'avin ya................Its all in your hands, (and the refs :angry:)
     
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  19. VocalMinority

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    Also going with a 1 - 3 win. Play with positivity and we outscore them. Please.
     
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  20. ----HistoryRepeating----

    ----HistoryRepeating---- Well-Known Member

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    All these positive predictions have made me nervous as hell.

    1-1, in the cruelest of ways. :(
     
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