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Albion v Southampton match preview

17 February 2018

ALBION host Southampton on Saturday as they look to progress through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

The opposition 

Southampton are currently sat 18th in the Premier League table after a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

They advanced through to this stage of the FA Cup after beating Fulham 1-0 in the third round and then overcoming Watford by the same scoreline in the fourth round.

The Saints haven’t got to the last eight of the competition since the 2004/05 season.

Last time out 

Our last game against Mauricio Pellegrino's side was at the start of the month when they ran out 3-2 winners at The Hawthorns.

Albion’s last triumph on home soil against the Saints was a 1-0 victory back in February 2015.

Ahmed Hegazi scores in the fixture less than two weeks ago

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies beat Southampton on the way to FA Cup glory 50 years ago in the 1967/68 campaign.
  • Albion have never lost at home to the Saints in an FA Cup tie (P3, D3).
  • Jay Rodriguez has bagged seven goals in his last ten FA Cup matches.

Southampton

  • The south coast side have lifted the FA Cup on one occasion (1976), and have also been runners-up three times (1900, 1902, 2003).
  • All three of the post-war clashes in this competition have been decided by a replay after draws in the initial matches.
  • Southampton have lost their last four FA Cup fifth round ties.

From the archive

You won't need an excuse to watch our win at Anfield in the last round...

Head to head 

The head-to-head record sees Southampton just about come out on top.

Of the 78 matches that have been played, Albion have won 24 times, there have been 24 draws and The Saints have been victorious on 30 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Chris Kavanagh, and he’ll be assisted by Constatine Hatzidakis and Mark Scholes - with Martin Atkinson as the fourth official.

It’ll be the second time that Kavanagh has refereed Albion this season after he was in the middle for our Premier League game at Brighton in September.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game remain on general sale.

Seats are priced at £20 adults, £10 concessions and £5 juniors under 11.

They can be purchased online, by phone (0121 227 2227) or by visiting the East Stand Ticket Office.

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 1 Southampton 2

17 February 2018

ALBION exited the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage courtesy of a 2-1 defeat by Southampton

Saints centre-back Wesley Hoedt fired the visitors into an 11th-minute lead, which was doubled after the break by Dusan Tadic.

Salomon Rondon immediately replied for the Baggies with a stunning left-footed volley from Grzegorz Krychowiak's throughball just shy of the hour mark.

But Albion could not find another despite applying plenty of second-half pressure, Ahmed Hegazi going closest when he struck the crossbar and Rondon saw his follow-up cleared off the line.

Instead it was Southampton, having triumphed in the Premier League meeting earlier this month, who progressed into the last eight of the competition.

Having already knocked out Exeter City and Liverpool, Albion were bidding to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2015 - coincidentally on the same February 17 date as their meeting with Southampton 50 years ago en route to the club's 1968 triumph.

Yet they found themselves 1-0 down after just 11 minutes as James Ward-Prowse sent in a corner which the unmarked Hoedt volleyed home from eight yards.

Ben Foster made a reflex save from another Saints corner before James McClean fired narrowly wide from distance at the other end.

It was the visitors who led at the break but the Baggies flew out of the blocks at the start of the second period and twice almost levelled.

Former Saints striker Jay Rodriguez saw his strike touched behind by Alex McCarthy and, from the resulting corner, Craig Dawson's header was tipped over by the Southampton goalkeeper.

McCarthy was at it again to keep out Krychowiak's deflected effort while Hegazi's flicked header flew just wide.

But, despite the pressure, it was Southampton who doubled their lead on the break in the 56th minute, Guido Carrillo lofting the ball into the middle for Tadic, who escaped Krychowiak and lifted over Foster.

However, Albion were soon back in it just two minutes later courtesy of a stunning first-time volley from Rondon to convert Krychowiak's 35-yard pass from the centre cirle to just inside the area.

Matt Phillips curled over the crossbar before Hegazi struck the woodwork with a looping effort, from which Rondon saw his strike headed off the line by Southampton skipper Ryan Bertrand - ensuring it was not to be Albion's day.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson, McAuley (c), Hegazi, Evans, Phillips (Burke 89), Krychowiak (Field 82), Barry (Brunt 72), McClean, Rodriguez, Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Nyom, Gabr, Yacob.

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Ticket News

Important ticket info for Saints FA Cup clash

15 February 2018

ALBION will be hunting an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final spot on Saturday – and fans are reminded they have until end of play on Friday to take advantage of our special ticket prices.

You can grab a seat at The Hawthorns for the fifth-round tie against Southampton for £20 adults, £10 full-time students, seniors, young adults, U17s & disabled and just £5 U11s.

Those prices are available at the East Stand Ticket Office and via telephone (0121 227 2227) until 5pm on Friday, February 16.

Supporters can also take advantage of this price online until midnight on Friday.

On Saturday, ticket prices revert to £25 adults, £15 concessions and £10 juniors under 11.

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