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Southampton v Albion match preview

21 October 2017

ALBION travel to Southampton on Saturday evening as they look to build on Monday night's draw at Leicester.

The opposition  

Southampton currently sit one place and one point behind The Baggies in the Premier League table in 11th. From their eight matches so far, they’ve recorded two wins, three draws and three losses.

New manager Mauricio Pellegrino joined The Saints in the summer from Spanish side Alaves, who he guided to a 9th place finish in La Liga as well as a Copa del Rey final last season.

He made a number of signings during the transfer window, including Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan, Mario Lemina from Juventus and Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.

Last time out 

The last meeting between the teams was in April, with Southampton running out 1-0 winners at The Hawthorns.

However, the most recent match at St Mary’s was on New Years Eve in 2016 when Albion overcame a Shane Long opener to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu.

The gaffers

Pulis on Southampton form

"They're a good footballing team. Pellegrino has come in with his own ideas and the way he wants to play.

"From watching them in a couple of games away from St Mary's they seem a little more relaxed. They look a little more uptight at home.

Pellegrino identifies Albion's strengths

"We know that West Brom are really strong physically, and dangerous from set plays and on the counter-attack.

"That's something we've been working on this week. Every single week we are learning from our last few games, and I feel that my players are better prepared."

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have lost less games (2) than both Arsenal and Chelsea (3) so far this season.
  • Nacer Chadli’s goal against Leicester on Monday night was his 100th career goal.
  • Albion have the same amount of points (10) at the moment as they did at this stage of the last campaign.

Southampton

  • Southampton have both scored and conceded the same amount of goals as Albion so far in the league (for 7, against 9).
  • Manolo Gabbiadini has hit the woodwork the joint second most times in the Premier League this campaign (2).
  • Oriol Romeu has committed 17 fouls this season, which is the second most behind Swansea’s Jordan Ayew.

From the archive

Here’s the highlights from our last game at St Mary’s.

Head to head

The head-to-head record is fairly even, with Albion having won 24, drawn 24 and lost 28 of the 76 matches that they have played against Southampton.

Man in the middle

Graham Scott will be the referee for Saturday's game.

He has not officiated any Albion or Southampton matches so far this season, but has refereed three Premier League matches in which he handed out six yellow cards and one red card.

Scott will be assisted by Richard West and Mark Scholes, with Neil Swarbrick as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game are now on general sale for Albion’s Premier League trip to Southampton.

The Baggies have been allocated 1,722 seats for the clash.

Tickets are priced £20 adults, seniors (65 and over) & 18-21, £18 under-18s and £12 under-11s, and can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 11am, Stourbridge and Lye at 11.15am and The Hawthorns at midday, is available at a cost of £16.

Supporters using Baggies Travel should park on the Birmingham Road Car Park and not the Academy.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Southampton is available in our new 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 evening.

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

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