Date: 18th August 2017 at 4:53pm
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This Saturday, a trip to the south coast beckons for West Ham supporters.

Hopefully, it`ll turn out to be more enjoyable than the trip to Old Trafford last weekend.

But what hints do the record and form books drop when it comes to the fixture?

Here`s a few facts for you to mull over:

1 – The last fixture between these two sides saw West Ham emerge 3-1 victors, if the Hammers can win this Saturday it`ll be the first time they`ll have registered back-to-back victories over The Saints since 2001.

2 – Southampton are far from prolific scorers when it comes to games against West Ham. In their last 6 Premier League home matches against West Ham, they`ve failed to score more than once.

3 – In losing 4-0 to Manchester United last weekend, the Hammers suffered their heaviest opening-day loss since August 2002 when they were beaten by the same score-line by Newcastle United.

4 – The Hammers form on the road in their last 8 away games is poor. In those 8 games they`ve managed 1 win, 4 losses and 3 draws.

5 – If the Hammers lose this Saturday, it could be a bad omen, the last time West Ham lost their opening two fixtures of a new season was back in 2010 / 2011 when the club ended up being relegated.

6 – The Hammers faithful will be looking to Mark Noble for a goal, the club captain has scored 5 goals against Southampton, more than he has scored against any other Premier League team.

7 – Southampton are on a club record run, they`ve not scored in their last 6 Premier League home matches.

8 – The last time Southampton scored at home in the Premier League was back in April when they beat Crystal Palace 3-1.