Jan 11, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT
This is a massive clash at St. Mary’s on Saturday, as Southampton host West Brom (10am ET, live online via NBC Sports Live Extra) with both teams desperate to grab all three points.
Saints have hit a sticky patch with injuries and tough stretch of games meaning they’ve won just once in their last 9 league games. A home game against West Brom provides them with a good opportunity to turn that around. However the Baggies, who have won just once in their last 10, have appointed Spaniard Pepe Mel to take charge, as the former Real Betis boss will be in the stands at St.Mary’s as caretaker Keith Downing takes charges of proceedings for the final time.
West Brom usually have the upper hand on Saints, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s team did beat the Baggies 1-0 at the Hawthorns on the opening day of this season. Before that Southampton had only won once in their previous eight games with the West Midlands side.
As for team news Southampton welcome back first-choice ‘keeper Artur Boruc as the Polish international returns from a fractured hand. Saints make five changes as Boruc, José Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez all come into the starting lineup.
West Brom make a plethora of changes, with the likes of Mulumbu and Reid coming into the starting lineup.
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher
West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anelka, Long. Subs: Myhill, Lugano, Berahino, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera, Yacob
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