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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.

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