West Bromwich Albion will entertain Southampton on Monday night hoping for a change of fortune after a tough two weeks. Steve Clarke's men went down to Newcastle United and champions Manchester City in the past fortnight, ending their positive start to the campaign.
The Baggies claimed four wins and two draws from their opening seven matches, but have slipped to eighth in the table after their recent hiccup. Southampton travel to the Hawthorns with manager Nigel Adkins under immense pressure to keep his job.
Adkins shouldered the blame for Tuesday's Capital One Cup loss to Championship side Leeds United and could be on his way out after taking just four points from nine matches in the Premier League. Southampton, who have conceded an alarming 26 goals in their return to the top flight, are just one point clear of bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Brom 1 (Brunt) Southampton 1 (Lallana), Championship, April 2008
Southampton 3 (John 2, Skacel) West Brom 2 (Koren 2), Championship, October 2007
Southampton 1 (Phillips) West Brom (Jones), Championship, February 2007
West Brom have won none of the last seven league fixtures against Southampton, with five draws coming in those games.
Baggies substitutes have assisted five goals this season, more than any other bench, proving Steve Clarke is a master tactician.
Bonfire Night is unlucky for the Baggies as they have lost both their Premier League fixtures on that day without scoring in either.
West Brom to win: 1.72
Southampton to win: 4.75
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