West Ham United play their final home game of the 2018-19 Premier League season on Saturday against Southampton, with the London Stadium faithful hopeful that the side can sign off in style.
It has been an inconsistent campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but a top-half finish is still well within reach for the Hammers.
West Ham will be favourites in the Premier League odds to beat Southampton at the weekend, with the Saints only recently getting the requited points to steer the south coast club away from relegation danger.
The Irons are also coming into the game full of confidence and with momentum after an impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.
Michail Antonio, who looks reinvigorated after a run of games in the West Ham starting XI, scored the only goal of the game to cap an excellent team performance against the club’s London rivals.
There is no doubt that many of the Hammers fans will have one eye on the summer transfer window, with Pellegrini in need of reinforcements in his first-team squad.
However, wins against Southampton and Watford on the final day of the campaign could lift West Ham as high as eighth place in the standings and end the season on a high point.
A top-half finish would be something for Pellegrini and the players to build on, while also being the benchmark as expectations are set for the 2019-20 campaign.
Southampton will pose a relatively tough opponent, with the St Mary’s Stadium outfit clearly more rounded and a better side since Ralph Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes as manager.
Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history against Watford last time out and the West Ham defence will need to keep a close eye on the confident Saints forward.
However, this is a game that the Hammers faithful will expect the home side to win and a fixture the club should be winning if they are to push for a top-eight finish next season.
Major upheaval of the playing squad is expected in the summer and as such it will be interesting to see which of the West Ham players could be featuring at the London Stadium for the last time.
Three points would be the perfect tonic to send the supporters towards the summer and end the home campaign on a high.