Southampton vs West Brom team news: Shane Long remains on the bench as Ronald Koeman names unchanged side

Alan Irvine also keeps the same team from Sunderland draw

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Ronald Koeman has elected to keep £12m striker Shane Long on the Southampton bench as he names the same side that suffered a late defeat against Liverpool.

The decision means Long, who played the final 15 minutes at Anfield, will play behind Graziano Pelle who starts as a lone striker - Southampton were the better team for long periods against Liverpool last week and unlucky not to get at least a point.

Alan Irvine has also decided to keep the same team he selected for the draw with Sunderland.

The Baggies should have won that game, but a late lapse in concentration allowed Sunderland to grab an equlaiser.


Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, S. Davis, Tadic, Pelle.

Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Long, Taïder, Cork, Hooiveld, Isgrove.

West Bromwich: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner, Berahino, Dorrans, Brunt, Anichebe.

Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Davidson, Ideye, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird.