Premier League: West Brom v Southampton match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns

West Brom manager Steve Clarke will be hoping to match his side’s great start to last season which saw them lose only one of their first six games. However, they struggled towards the end of last season and West Brom fans will be concerned with last season’s top scorer, Romelu Lukaku, returning to Chelsea having ended his loan spell. Eyes will now be on new signing Nicholas Anelka to see if he can still pose a strong attacking threat.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino begins his first full season in charge at Southampton and will be hoping to start the season with a positive result at The Hawthorns. The Saints have strengthened their squad, spending over £20m with the acquisition of defender Dejan Lovran and midfielder Victor Wanyama from Lyons and Celtic respectively.

KICK-OFF: Tomorrow, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Southampton 0 West Brom 3 (Fortune, Lukaku, Long), Premier League, April 2013

West Brom 2 (Odemwingie 2) Southampton 0, Premier League, November 2012

West Brom 1 (Brunt) Southampton 1 (Lallana), English Championship, April 2008

STATS…

Southampton lost both games and didn’t score against West Brom last season. They haven’t beaten West Brom in the Premier League since March 2003.

Lukaku was West Brom’s only player in double figures last season scoring 17 league goals.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert scored 15 league goals last season, the equal-highest English scorer in the Premier League alongside Frank Lampard.

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 1.25

Southampton to win: 2.1

Draw: 2.4

TV: highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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