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  • 27 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: R. Madley
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Southampton - West Brom Preview: Saints seek to extend six-match unbeaten run against Baggies

Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to avoid relegation following an impressive run of results in March and April, while Steve Clarke's team are winless in four games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON

Boruc
Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox
Schneiderlin, Cork
Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez
Lambert

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov
Yacob, Morrison
Long, Dorrans, Thomas
Lukaku

Southampton have no new injury concerns in defence, and Danny Fox could retain his place at left-back ahead of Luke Shaw, while Guly Do Prado (illness) is the only major injury worry.

Mauricio Pochettino named Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis and Adam Lallana in attack behind lone striker Rickie Lambert at Swansea last week, but playmaker Gaston Ramirez could come back into the side to face West Brom.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke has a dilemma in central midfield with Youssuf Mulumbu suspended and Chris Brunt (knee) unavailable, as are long-term casualties Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee).

Playmakers James Morrison and Graham Dorrans could therefore be forced back alongside Claudio Yacob, but the versatile Steven Reid could also deputise.

Attackers Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie, who has recovered from a knee injury, and Marc-Antoine Fortune are set to compete for a place on the flanks alongside likely starting striker Romelu Lukaku.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton had been threatened with relegation but have now climbed to 12th in the table and eight points clear of the drop zone after going unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches.
  • The Saints have the fewest overall bookings in the Premier League this season with just 38 yellow cards, and are one of just three teams yet to have a player sent off this season, along with Manchester United and Sunderland.
  • Striker Rickie Lambert is the leading English scorer in the Premier League this season, with his 14 goals making him the seventh highest scorer overall.
  • West Brom secured their Premier League survival a long time ago and are now eighth in the table on 45 points.
  • The Baggies are, however, without a win in four Premier League matches, and have collected just four points from a possible 18 in their last six away games.
  • Steve Clarke’s side have drawn just six league matches this season, fewer than all others except champions Manchester United who have drawn five.
  • West Brom have not won in the last 19 matches played at Southampton dating back to August 1969, but West Brom beat Southampton 2-0 at The Hawthorns in this season's reverse fixture in November, with forward Peter Odemwingie scoring twice.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
5Vegard ForrenDefender
10G. RamírezMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
2Steven ReidDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
18Romelu LukakuStriker
21Shane LongStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
28Billy JonesDefender
9Markus RosenbergStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
-Donervon DanielsDefender
Players to Watch
Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Saints’ targetman has netted 14 goals in his debut season in the Premier League and is now the top English goalscorer, while his eight assists demonstrate his all-round contribution to his side’s attack.

The 31-year-old is a threat from set pieces as well as when drifting wide to receive the ball before combining with team-mates, and will look to finish the season strongly alongside strike partner Jay Rodriguez with the hope of forcing his way into the England national team.
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 19-year-old has netted seven goals since the start of 2013 to bring his total to 13 league goals during his season-long loan spell with the Baggies.

He combines height and power with the pace to threaten Southampton on the counterattack, and could have just five more matches to demonstrate his credentials in the West Brom starting XI before he moves back to parent club Chelsea.
Prediction
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost none of their last six games and look set to continue their run against the Baggies, who have won none of their last four games. Steve Clarke’s side are struggling with several injuries in midfield and, having already secured their Premier League survival, could be defeated by the in-form Saints at St Mary’s Stadium.
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