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Boost on the bench for Baggies as Irvine names unchanged starting XI

ALAN Irvine names an unchanged starting XI following the opening-day 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

The Baggies are boosted by the return of Gareth McAuely on the bench as he steps up his comeback from a pre-season calf injury.

The man to make way is Liam O’Neil.

Ronald Koeman also names an unchanged team from the one that lost 2-1 at Liverpool last Sunday.

Former Baggies striker Shane Long is among the Saints substitutes again following his recent £12million move from Hull.

SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Clyne, Yoshida, Schneiderlin, Fonte, S Davis, Tadic, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Pelle, Bertrand. Subs: K Davis (gk), Gardos, Long, Taider, Cork, Hooiveld, Isgrove.

ALBION: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner, Berahino, Dorrans, Brunt, Anichebe. Subs: Myhill (gk), McAuley, Davidson, Ideye, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird.

REFEREE: R East (Wiltshire).