Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs Saints

By SFC Media Fri 07 Apr West Brom vs Saints

Check out our in-depth match preview ahead of Southampton's trip to face West Brom in the Premier League...

THE MATCH

West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton
Saturday 8th April
3pm BST
Premier League
The Hawthorns

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

After a superb performance saw Saints storm back to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday, Claude Puel’s men are in pursuit of West Brom, who sit just one place above them in 8th.

The Baggies lost 2-0 to Watford on the same night at Vicarage Road, but they have enjoyed a stellar campaign under the stewardship of Tony Pulis.

They have won 29 points from their 15 home games, a joint-best return at this stage of the Premier League season alongside 2012/13.

TEAM NEWS:

Davis receives treatment against Crystal Palace

West Bromwich Albion: Matty Phillips returned against Watford after time out with a hamstring problem and could start. Tony Pulis has also hinted at making one or two changes depending on the knocks to his squad.

Southampton: Claude Puel will be without Oriol Romeu after he picked up a tenth yellow card of the season in the win over Crystal Palace, while fellow midfielder Steven Davis is also a doubt with an ankle injury sustained in the same game.

Late checks will be made on the fitness of Manolo Gabbiadini, Ryan Bertrand and Sofiane Boufal.

FORM GUIDE:

West Bromwich Albion’s previous five:

Watford (a) L 2-0
Manchester United (a) D 0-0
Arsenal (h) W 3-1
Everton (a) L 3-0
Crystal Palace (h) L 2-0

Southampton’s previous five:

Crystal Palace (h) W 3-1
AFC Bournemouth (h) D 0-0
Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 1-2
Watford (a) W 4-3
Manchester United (n) L 2-3 (EFL Cup final)

TOP PERFORMERS

While the return of Matty Phillips could prove a major boost for the hosts, at the other end Ben Foster has produced some eye-catching displays.

Three stunning saves helped to preserve a clean sheet in the 0-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford recently.

Top scorers
: Salomón Rondon (7), Gareth McAuley (7), Nacer Chadli (5)
Most assists: Matty Phillips (9), Nacer Chadli (5)

Redmond celebrates against Crystal Palace

Nathan Redmond produced a man of the match display against Crystal Palace to take his goals tally to seven in all competitions.

Six of those have come in the Premier League, which represents his joint-best return in a top-flight campaign.

Top scorers:
Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (7), Manolo Gabbiadini (6)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (6), James Ward-Prowse (5)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:


Played: 75
West Bromwich Albion: 24
Draws: 24
Southampton: 27

Previous four meetings:

December 2016: Southampton 1-2 West Brom (Long)
January 2016: Southampton 3-0 West Brom (Ward-Prowse 2, Tadić)
September 2015: West Brom 0-0 Southampton
February 2015: West Brom 1-0 Southampton

DID YOU KNOW?

- The Baggies’ next home defeat will be their 600th in league football. Only one side has lost 600+ home games within the top four tiers of English league football since 1888 and that’s Notts County (633).

- West Brom have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games against Southampton.

NOT AT THE GAME?

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to The Hawthorns, as we’ll be keeping you right up to speed.

We’ll have live updates and free audio commentary in our match centre at southamptonfc.com, while our social channels will bring you further updates and lots of behind-the-scenes access:

– Twitter
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– Facebook

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