Premier League: Southampton vs West Brom match preview
A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at St. Mary’s
Friday 22 August 2014
This is a tale of two managers chasing a maiden Premier League victory. Ronald Koeman’s Southampton lost out narrowly last weekend to Liverpool, while West Brom manager Alan Irvine will have been disappointed to have conceded a late equaliser against Sunderland having come from behind to lead. Both look set to be slugging it out in that sizeable yet precarious chasm between the top half and the relegation zone, and a win for either here would provide a welcome slice of one-upmanship.
Going by Southampton’s performance last weekend, the summer exodus from St. Mary’s doesn’t look quite as damaging as everyone had predicted. Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama shone in the middle of the park, while new signing Dusan Tadic produced a delightful back-heeled assist for Nathaniel Clyne’s equaliser.
Shane Long will be facing his former club, but the Baggies won’t be bemoaning his absence if Saido Berahino can build on his opening-day brace. A move for the Greek striker Georgios Samaras has also been completed. When you factor in Stephane Sessegnon and club record signing Brown Ideye, who are both nearing match fitness, West Brom look to have options aplenty up top.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 1 (Lallana) West Brom 0, Premier League, January 2014
West Brom 0 Southampton 1 (Lambert), Premier League, August 2013
Southampton 0 West Brom 3 (Fortune, Lukaku, Long), Premier League, April 2013
Saido Berahino celebrates last weekend
West Brom have only won away at Southampton four times since their first meeting in 1900.
The sides have an even record in their Premier League encounters, both with three wins and two draws.
Southampton drew their opening home match of last season, while West Brom drew their opening away fixture.
Shane Long score 19 goals in his two and a half season spell at West Brom.
Southampton to win: 1.83
West Brom to win: 4.2
Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
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