On Tuesday night, a team that has won all five home matches will play a side that are unbeaten in five on the road, with the top two in the Championship playing each other.
Southampton have been flying since beating Leeds 3-1 on the opening day of the season, with Nigel Adkins continuing his good work from last season where the former Scunthorpe manager steered the Saints from League One to the English second flight.
The Hampshire club’s form at St Mary’s has been superb thus far, with an average of three goals per game being scored and many will fancy a dabble at the 5/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) that the home side claim victory in this match.
Rickie Lambert has been scoring for fun this term and the striker was on target at Pride Park on Saturday to land a point for the Championship leaders, something which means they have lost just once all season.
Lambert can be backed at 5/1 (Betfred – £50 free betting), while the visitors might also be in the mood for goals after a fantastic display on Saturday which saw West Ham well and truly put Blackpool to the sword.
Sam Allardyce’s team have been stuttering at Upton Park this term, although they put four past the Tangerines to leapfrog Middlesbrough into second place and the manager will now have his greedy eye on top spot, which would be claimed with a win in this game.
Stan James offer a stand-out 5/2 that West Ham are victorious and it should be considered that these teams were two divisions apart last term, even if the visitors’ team has been radically altered since their relegation from the Premier League.
Carlton Cole is a 13/2 chance to open the scoring, although John Carew’s physical presence might mean he gets the nod alongside Sam Baldock, with the former MK Dons striker having scored his first West Ham goals against Blackpool last weekend.