Southampton vs West Brom
England Premier League
Date: Saturday, 31st December 2016.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.
A single point separates the eighth placed Southampton and ninth placed West Bromwich Albion when they lock horns at the St Mary’s for the Premier League clash on New Year ’s Eve.
Southampton have some regrouping to do after suffering a humiliating defeat at home against Tottenham on Wednesday evening. They were thrashed 4-1 at the St. Mary’s Stadium, despite taking control of the match through an early lead. Dele Alli was the star of the show who scored twice and played a vital part in the amazing turnaround for the Spurs. The Wednesday’s result is only the second home defeat for Saints this season, the previous being against Chelsea.
West Brom on the other hand were unlucky to have conceded late in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on the Boxing Day. Tony Pulis managed side are coming on the back of 2 consecutive defeats without scoring. However, there is no need to make a big deal of it as it was against two quality sides Manchester United and Arsenal. But they have flopped in away games this season with 2 wins from their 9 away games so far.
Southampton: Team News
Nathan Redmond’s suspension could open up another opportunity for Dusan Tadic to worth. While Jay Rodriguez is expected to be rested and Shane Long could replace him in the starting eleven.
Jordi Clasie is yet to recover from a groin injury he picked before the Spur’s match. While Charlie Austin, Alex McCarthy, Jeremy Pied and Matt Targett are already sidelined with injuries.
Southampton: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Forster – Bertrand, Dijk, Fonte, Soares – Davis, Romeu, Hojbjerg – Tadic, Boufal, Long.
West Brom: Team News
Saido Berahino and Boaz Myhill are the only players missing for West Brom in theiur trip to St. Mary’s. Tony Pulis will be reluctant to make any changes to his starting line-up that performed admirably in the 1-0 loss at Arsenal.
West Brom: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Foster – Nyom, Evans, McAuley, Dawwson – Yacob, Fletcher – Phillips, Chadli, Brunt – Rondon.
Southampton vs West Brom: Head-to-head stats
- Southampton won the corresponding fixture of last season by a comfortable 3-0 margin. The reverse fixture at the Hawthorns was a 0-0 draw.
- West Brom managed only 1 win in the last 6 Premier League meetings against Southampton, with 2 draws and 3 defeats.
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last 3 home matches versus West Brom with 2 wins and a draw. They also kept clean sheets in all the 3 games.
- Only one team have managed to score in the last 8 league meetings between the sides irrespective of the playing venue.
- Six out of eight meetings between the West Brom and Sunderland witnessed under 3 goals.
Southampton vs West Brom: Prediction
This is a cagey affair with both managers preferring a highly defensive set-up. So the goals will be at premium and Southampton are the more likely candidate to edge this contest by a slender margin at the end. The main reason for the conclusion is their home record this season. They can fall into pieces against top sides in the league, but certainly know how to win matches against others.
Southampton were drawing at half-time in 6 of their 9 home matches so far this season. Then went on to convert this to win on 3 occasions, but lost only once. So our pick for this match is X/1 for a half-time/full-time bet. We will also go by the correct full-time score of 1-0.
Southampton vs West Brom: Bet Tips
Half-time/Full-Time – Draw/Southampton at 4.75 (15/4)
Southampton to win at 2.30 (13/10).