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Southampton vs West Brom
St Mary’s Stadium
Sunday 4th October, noon BST
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan
HOW TO WATCH
Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off will be shown live on BT Sport 2 (414), for supporters with a BT Sport subscription.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
With the international break looming, Southampton will be looking to build some momentum after last weekend’s first win of the season at Burnley.
Danny Ings’s early strike was enough for victory at Turf Moor and Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will now be focusing on a first win of the campaign on home soil.
Newly promoted West Brom are still searching for their first victory back in the top flight, losing their opening two fixtures before spurning a 3-0 lead against Chelsea to share the spoils last Sunday.
Southampton are likely to be buoyed by the return to fitness of winger Nathan Redmond, who's missed the last two outings with an ankle injury.
Redmond resumed training this week and was the only injury concern heading into Sunday's clash.
For the visitors, Kieran Gibbs remains suspended although Ahmed Hegazi is available once again following injury. Returning loan signing Filip Krovinovic will be assessed to determine his availability.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "With the ball, we again need some good automatism and using the spaces in the right moment, coming into the spaces where you can hurt them, and on the other side pay attention to their transition.
“I think that's very important. They have a good transition after winning the ball, so we will definitely have to have a good organisation against the ball and a good rest defence, and in the end also hopefully the few chances you get you must be very clinical, because I think you don't get a lot of them.”
Slaven Bilić: To follow
Ralph hasenhüttlthe few chances you get you must be very clinical."
ONES TO WATCH
Danny Ings: The only player to have scored so far this season for Saints, the striker’s three goals in as many games has seen him retain his spot in the England squad for October’s fixtures.
Maintaining his ruthless efficiency in front of goal, the home side will once again look to Ings to be the difference maker.
Matheus Pereira: The exciting Brazilian has adapted to life in the Premier League quickly, continuing the form that played a key role in the Baggies’ promotion last season.
With eight goals and 20 assists in the Championship in 2019/20, the 24-year-old will be the one tasked with unpicking the Saints defence with his creativity and flair.
Danny Ings 3
Ché Adams 1
Kyle Walker-Peters 1
Hal Robson-Kanu 3
Callum Robinson 3
Matheus Pereira 1
Matheus Pereira 2
Cédric Kipré 1
Kyle Edwards 1
HEAD TO HEAD
West Brom 24
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2018: West Brom 1-2 Saints (Hoedt, Tadić)
February 2018: West Brom 2-3 Saints (Lemina, Stephens, Ward-Prowse)
October 2017: Saints 1-0 West Brom (Boufal)
April 2017: West Brom 0-1 Saints (Clasie)
December 2016: Saints 1-2 West Brom (Long)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have won each of their last three Premier League meetings with West Brom – only against Bradford, Crystal Palace and Hull (all four) have they won more consecutive games in the competition.
- Southampton’s last 18 Premier League games against promoted sides has seen them have a run of five consecutive draws, five consecutive defeats and now eight consecutive victories.
- Since the start of last season, Southampton’s Danny Ings has scored the opening goal in a league-high 12 Premier League games. However, just three of these games have been at St Mary’s.
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