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Albion v Southampton match preview

2 February 2018

ALBION are looking to make it back-to-back home wins when they take on Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition

Southampton are currently on a run that hasn’t seen them win in the Premier League since the end of November.

They’ve subsequently dropped down the table into 18th place, having earned 23 points from their 25 games so far this season.

The Saints sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool at the beginning of the January transfer window, but did manage to bring in forward Guido Carrillo from AS Monaco.

Last time out

The last meeting between the two sides was in October when Southampton recorded a 1-0 win over the Baggies at St Mary’s thanks to Sofiane Boufal’s individual effort.

Albion’s most recent victory over The Saints was last season when goals from Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu overturned Shane Long’s opener to hand us a 2-1 win.

Matt Phillips celebrates his goal at St Mary's last campaign

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have only lost two of their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
  • Gareth Barry made his 650th Premier League appearance in the week against Man City.
  • Chris Brunt will equal the amount of games played for Albion by Jeff Astle and John Kaye if he’s selected on Saturday (361).

Southampton

  • The Saints are on a winless run of 12 games in the top flight, though they did beat Watford in the FA Cup last weekend.
  • Southampton have hit the woodwork 13 times - only behind Man City (17) and Liverpool (14) in the PL.
  • Oriol Romeu has received the joint-most yellow cards in the division so far this season (7).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last win against Southampton...

Head to head 

The head-to-head record between the two teams is incredibly close.

Of the 77 matches that have been played, Albion have won 24 times, there have also been 24 draws and Southampton have come out on top on 29 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Michael Oliver, and he’ll be assisted by Simon Bennett and Stuart Burt - with Lee Mason as the fourth official.

It’ll be the second time that Oliver has refereed Albion this season, with the two matches against Watford and Crystal Palace both ending in draws.

Ticket news

Seats are SOLD OUT for the game against The Saints.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Southampton is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Southampton 3

3 February 2018

ALBION fell to a 3-2 defeat against Southampton in their Premier League encounter.

Ahmed Hegazi headed the Baggies into a fourth-minute lead at a rapturous Hawthorns, which hosted a special tribute to legend Cyrille Regis in the build-up to kick-off.  

Yet Mario Lemina and Jack Stephens scored twice in three minutes just before the break to hand a half-time lead to the Saints, who added to their advantage courtesy of James Ward-Prowse's second-half free-kick.

Salomon Rondon's 72nd-minute header set up a dramatic finale but the hosts could not force a late leveller to claim a point.

Albion paid an emotional and fitting pre-match tribute to icon Cyrille, with a host of former players joining Adrian Chiles and Frank Skinner pitchside, before the 25,911 supporters present raised scarves for the Baggies great and took part in a minute's applause in his honour. 

And the noise from the stands helped inspire Albion to a blistering start, taking an early lead in similar fashion to the club's previous home encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Four minutes on the clock and in front of the Smethwick End, but this time it was Chris Brunt with a superb corner which was powerfully met by the head of Hegazi to send the home support wild.

Daniel Sturridge, making his full Albion debut as part of four changes, went close with a drilled effort shortly after half-hour mark.

At the other end, Ben Foster got down quickly to save superbly from Guido Carrillo but, from the resulting corner, the ball found its way back to Lemina and he fired an unstoppable 25-yard drive into the top corner.

And Saints turned the game around just three minutes later, Stephens flicking on Ward-Prowse's corner.

Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy saved Brunt's free-kick to ensure Saints led at the break.

Brunt saw another free-kick deflect narrowly wide after the restart but it was the visitors who found the net with a free-kick of their own in the 55th minute, Ward-Prowse scoring with a low effort from 20 yards.

Head Coach Alan Pardew turned to Jay Rodriguez and Oliver Burke off the bench and the latter almost created a chance in the 70th minute but was thwarted by McCarthy.

Yet Rondon gave the Baggies hope two minutes later with a well-taken header from Brunt's left-wing cross.

Yet it was not enough to inspire a third goal and a share of the spoils.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson, McAuley (c), Hegazi, Nyom (McClean 77), Phillips, Yacob (Burke 62), Barry, Brunt, Sturridge (Rodriguez 62), Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Jameson, Field, Harper.

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Ticket News

Saints clash sold out

2 February 2018

Tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Southampton at The Hawthorns is now a sell-out.

The game is the first Baggies home match since the passing of Cyrille Regis and the Club will be celebrating the life and career of one of its all-time greats with an hour-long tribute building up to kick-off.

Supporters are being urged to arrive inside the stadium to join in the celebrations which begin at 2pm.

Our Fanzone will be open as usual but will be a stripped-down version in an effort to encourage fans to take to their seats early.

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