West Brom looking for first home points

Last updated: September 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Hawthorns
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLDL
Away form: WLDDL
Last season: 1-0
Referee: Attwell
Competition: Premier League

The Baggies started the season with 2 home defeats, but their performance wasn’t as bad as the results suggests. West Brom showed nice football in attack, especially in their match against Chelsea, losing 2-3 at home. Scotland international Morrison has scored 2 of his team’s 3 goals from the beginning of the season and now is expected to maintain his great performance.

Southampton had a nightmare start, after winning just 2 points in their 1st 3 matches. Furthermore, they were knocked out of the Europa League tournament, after losing 1-0 to Danish team Midtjylland. But The Saints are now finding the right form. Southampton gained 3 points against Norwich in the 4th round of The Premier League; the performance The Saints showed, was quite satisfying.

Bad results for Southampton are partly due to the lack of some key players who were in top form at the end of last season. Clyne was sold to Liverpool. Alderweireld moved to Tottenham. Manchester United bought Southampton hardworking midfielder Schneiderlin. Moreover, Southampton signed several players. That’s why The Saints need time and maybe the results will come.

Team News

There are 5 Southampton players who are going to miss the game against The Baggies. Victor Wanyama is ill. Gaston Ramirez (knock), Clasie (hamstring), Gardos (knee injury) and Forster (knee injury) are also unavailable for the match.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster is still injured and that’s why The Baggies signed Anders Lindegaard from Manchester United. Johny Evans moved to WBA too, in order to improve the team’s performance in defense.

Chris Brunt is expected to be fit for the match.

Rickie Lambert can possibly come on from the bench for WBA against his ex club.

Quotes of the week

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (WBA) : “Saido Berahino must grow up.”

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “I will be very pleased if our sheet stays clean again.”

Expected line-ups:

WBA (4-5-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, Yacob, Rondon.
Subs Lambert, McManaman, Gamboa, Ideye, Anichebe, Gnabry, Rose
Injured: Foster
Not available:
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Fonte, Targett, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Davis, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.
Subs Rodriguez, Martina, Juanmi, Davis, Long, Caulker, Reed.
Injured: Wanyama, Ramirez, Clasie, Gardos, Forster
Not available:

Key Battle

José Salomón Rondón Rondon this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
3 208 1 2.7 1 0 0 0
Graziano Pelle this season Pelle this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 349 2 4,8 0 0 2 0

So far this season

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WBA this season Southampton this season
15 League Position 10
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (0)
1-0 vs Stoke Biggest win 3-0 vs Norwich
0 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (2)
2 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (0)
0-3 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Morrison (2) Top scorer Tadic (2), Pelle (2)
McManaman (1), Lambert (1), Rondon (1) Assist Leader Mane (2)
Y46, R2 Discipline Y10, R0
2 Failures to score 2
2 Clean Sheets 2
1 Both Teams to Score Games 1
2 Over 2.5 Games 3
2 Under 2.5 Games 1
  • Both teams have faced each other 45 times and the stats are totally equal (14 wins for West Brom, 17 draws and 14 wins for The Saints). So, this is maybe the most unpredictable match of the 5th round in The Premier League.
  • WBA conceded 6 goals in their last 2 home games. The Baggies lost both matches (0-3 to Manchester City and 2-3 to Chelsea).
  • Southampton won their 1st victory of the season in the last round, beating Norwich by 3-0. The Saints are still looking for their 1st away win, after recording 2 draws.
  • The Baggies took the 3 points from the last meeting between the team, winning by 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
28.02.15 Premier League WBA 1-0 Southampton Berahino 2′
23.08.14 Premier League Southampton 0-0 WBA Santi Cazorla 49′
11.01.14 Premier League Southampton 1-0 WBA Lallana 66′
17.08.13 Premier League WBA 0-1 Southampton Lambert (PG) 90′
27.04.13 Premier League Southampton 0-3 WBA Fortune 6′