Football Previews: West Ham v Southampton, Charlton v QPR, Barnsley v Millwall

By Rob Virtue on February 21, 2014 10:59 AM |

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All our sides are in the thick of a relegation battle and are hoping things would look a lot rosier after this weekend's clashes.

However, it won't be easy. Here's your guide to Saturday's fixtures for West Ham, Charlton and Millwall.


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West Ham v Southampton
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: West Ham: 11/5; Man Utd: 12/5; Draw: 6/4
History of meetings: West Ham won - 71; Southampton won - 45; Draw - 45

Sam Allardyce's in-form side have achieved back-to-back victories and will be looking to make it a hattrick against Southampton at Upton Park.

Andy Carroll serves the third and final match of his suspension, meaning West Ham are likely to keep an unchanged side, with Winston Reid again on the bench.

Meanwhile, Big Sam said his side will need at least 38 points to avoid relegation.

"Based on what's happening it may be more than that this year," he said. "There hasn't been many years where that's the case but it may be this time."

Southampton provide for tough opposition but the Hammers have a great record against the Saints and are unbeaten against them in the last four meetings, including a 4-1 win back in October 2012.

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Charlton v QPR
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Charlton 14/5; QPR 6/5; Draw 12/5
History of meetings: Charlton won - 22; QPR won - 22; Draw - 21

West Ham star Ravel Morrison will be looking to make his debut for QPR after completing a loan move.

Speaking this week, manager Chris Powell said he wasn't surprised about the latest signing. "After watching them sunday I knew Harry being Harry would try to sign about 25 players.

"I'm sure people will be fancying them for where they are and where we are but normally with us when the big club's come to town we perform."

The match may come too early for Rhoys Wiggins, who is back in full training, while Chris Solly and Leon Cort, are doing light training and are both likely to miss out.

Ben Hamer could feature.

It's historically been a closely fought battle between the two sides but Rangers have won four out of the last five and will fancy their chances again on Saturday.

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Barnsley v Millwall
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Millwall 12/5; Barnsley 11/8; Draw 12/5
History of meetings: Millwall won - 21; Barnsley won - 18; Draw - 11

It's a six-pointer at Oakwell on Saturday when Millwall do battle with Barnsley.

The Tykes, currently second from bottom, are building up some form with three games unbeaten at home.

The Lions, however, will be gunning for three points after having to settle for two 1-1 draws in a row.

The south-east London club are seeing improvements since Ian Holloway arrived and the new boss said the team and getting fitter and stronger.

Frederico Bessone has arrived at the club but Holloway is likely to use him as cover for regular left-back Scott Malone.

Simeon Jackson will be looking to start, especially if the club go with an attacking line-up from the off.

Millwall will be hoping to do the double over the Yorkshiremen after a Scott Wiseman own goal gifted the Lions a 1-0 win back in November.

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