Previews: West Ham v Southampton, Millwall v Blackpool, Brighton v Charlton

By Rob Virtue on August 29, 2014 8:00 AM |


West Ham v Southampton
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: West Ham: 9/5; Southampton: 7/4; Draw: 5/2
History of meetings: West Ham won - 72; Southampton won - 45; Draw - 45

It's been five games since the Hammers have lost against the Saints but Saturday's fixture promises to be tough for the east Londoners.

Ronald Koeman's side are in transition after a summer exodus and have yet to register a league win but there are signs of positivity from those matches.

West Ham's injury list is still lengthy. James Collins, has joined Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis and Carl Jenkinson in the physio room.

Diafra Sakho is also a doubt.

But despite the injury situation and midweek cup defeat to Sheffield United, manager Sam Allardyce remains upbeat due to the early season performances.

"You don't want to be faced with that many injuries, but we're looking pretty good with the way we are playing," he said.


Millwall v Blackpool
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Millwall 4/5; Blackpool 17/4; Draw 11/4
History of meetings: Millwall won - 13; Blackpool won - 15; Draw - 16

Millwall are favourites against troubled Blackpool but they will have to reverse a run of four defeats in the last six against the Lancashire side.

Striker Mathias Ranegie, signed on loan from Watford this week, could be involved. John Marquis left the Lions in a temporary move to Cheltenham.

Nicky Bailey and Ed Upson are likely to miss out due to injury.

Blackpool will be looking for their first win of the season, while Millwall boss Ian Holloway prepares for a clash with his old team.

However, Ollie said it's no big deal. "I think (Nathan) Delfouneso is the only player I had there now. It's water under the bridge," he told the Blackpool Gazette this week.

charlton badge new.jpg

Brighton v Charlton
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Charlton: 4/1; Brighton: 11/13; Draw 13/5
History of meetings: Charlton won - 21; Brighton won - 24; Draw - 11

Charlton have ridden through a tricky opening fixture list unbeaten. But there's no let up for the Addicks as they travel to Brighton on Saturday - a team they've only beaten once in the last seven meetings.

The south-east Londoners will be looking for their first win at the Falmer Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton's new signing Sam Baldock could well start after joining from Bristol City on Thursday.

The South Coast side, who have won two and lost two of their opening games, will be without former Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens with an ankle injury.

Charlton boss Bob Peeters said goalkeeper Stephen Henderson may be available after injury. And there are no other enforced absentees for the trip to Brighton.