Evening all and welcome back to another match day thread by Sainstcfan. We are almost at the end of the irritable international break and back to the proper Footy, in fact the final leg of the season as it were. In the past we would roll our eyes at the break and say it always disrupts our flow but I genuinely believe this time it will be to our advantage, with Sparky given a full two weeks with the squad to further implement his style of play. The was a certain difference between the two halves against Wigan so hopefully the boys have taken his plans on board as we begin a huge run of a fixtures. Saints continue their galavanting away from home, with West Ham the next stop on their trip back to St Marys. This is a massive game and season defining in my view. With Arsenal and Chelsea still to play, as well as Manchester City, games against the teams around us are running out and I have to say that this is as must win as they come. Lose this and it will be very hard to keep our head above water for when May comes around. It’s a lot of pressure on Hughes to get the result but hopefully he will revel in it, and more importantly so do the players in what will be a very toxic atmosphere at West Ham. If you thought Saints were in a mess, the fans of West Ham will tell you to hold their drink. Atrocious scenes at the London Stadium, when they lost 3-0 to Burnley, showed a real club in crisis. Fans invading the pitch whilst the vast majority formed a mosh pit below the directors box to hurl abuse at the owners. If there is a game to get an early goal, this is it. If Saints can get a quick 1-0 lead, the crowd will turn on the players and then some. Thankfully David Moyes hasn’t been able to turn around their fortunes, so confidence will be rock bottom going into this game. Let’s capitalise! Team news: Ryan Bertrand returned home early from England duty but it is not thought to be very serious and should be able to play. Charlie Austin will hopefully return. West Ham will be without Andy Carroll (thank the ****ing Lord). My team: McCarthy Cedric Stephens Hoedt Bertrand JWP Hojbjerg Lemina Boufal Austin/Carrillo Gabbiadini Prediction It will be a weird game but we simply have to win. Genuinely excited to see how Sparky will set us up. I’m going 2-0 Saints. Gabbiadini to score early, West Ham to huff and puff and then Austin to seal it late on, running and celebrating in front of the West Ham’s to spark absolute chaos. COYR!