Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham v Southampton

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham’s game against Southampton at London Stadium.

West Ham United have been waiting for a win since New Year’s Day but will hope they can get three points that will lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone when they host Southampton on Saturday.

The Hammers have had a tough run of fixtures but BBC football experience Mark Lawrenson says there will be “no excuses” if they do not perform this time.

“If their situation does not focus the West Ham players’ minds, then they are in big trouble,” Lawrenson said.

“I hate the term ‘must-win’ but in terms of their season, this result will be crucial to them, and where they go from here.”

Southampton’s away form has been very good this season but I just think this such a huge game for West Ham that they will know they have to win. ”

The Hammers were very competitive and combative against Liverpool on Monday night, and looked better defensively – apart from Lukasz Fabianski’s mistakes.

I know David Moyes’ side scored twice, so it might sound a bit silly, but I just felt they did not create enough chances considering how well they played.

They were at Anfield and playing against the runaway leaders, though, so no-one was expecting them to get anything. Things will be very different on Saturday.

Lawrenson’s prediction: 2-0

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