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  • 5 November 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Halsey
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West Brom - Southampton Preview: Baggies look to continue impressive run

West Brom - Southampton Preview: Baggies look to continue impressive run

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Steve Clarke's side are riding high in eighth spot in the Premier League, and face the worst defence in the division at home on Monday evening with their strikers in form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Mulumbu, Dorrans
Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie
Lukaku
SOUTHAMPTON

Boruc
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox
Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana, Puncheon
Lambert, Rodriguez

Steve Clarke looks set to stick with the same line-up that almost came away with a point at Newcastle last weekend, as Shane Long, Claudio Yacob and Steven Reid are all out with hamstring injuries.

Gaston Ramirez and Frazer Richardson continue to be out with thigh injuries for the visitors, whilst Jack Cork remains sidelined with a knee injury. Ramirez and Richardson look set to return around the time of the match, but could come too soon for both players.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Brom have won none of the last seven league fixtures against Southampton, with five draws coming in those games.
  • Baggies substitutes have assisted five goals this season, more than any other bench, proving Steve Clarke (pictured) is a master tactician.
  • Bonfire Night is unlucky for the Baggies as they have lost both their Premier League fixtures on that day without scoring in either.
  • Southampton are the only team to have conceded first in all of their top-flight games this season.
  • They have also thrown away 11 points from winning positions, more than anyone else.
  • The Saints have conceded 26 goals in their first nine matches which is the worst ever defensive performance at this stage of the season.



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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
11Zoltán GeraMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
20Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
5Jos HooiveldDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
He was a menace against Newcastle last weekend and could have had a hat-trick but was thwarted twice by Tim Krul and should prove to be a handful once more against Southampton.
Artur Boruc
Artur Boruc
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Southampton goalkeeper have his work cut out if Lukaku is in the same form as last weekend and will have to be on top form to prevent his side from conceding any more goals.
Prediction
West Brom have been unlucky in their last two league matches, losing both games in injury time, and will be looking to get back on track against a Southampton side who have a leaky defence
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