Southampton v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
October 18, 2017
St Mary's Stadium - Premier League
Southampton host West Brom on Saturday afternoon in a clash between two out the Premier League's most out of form sides at the moment.
Previous meetings between these two sides has them deadlocked at two wins apiece and two draws in the last six Premier League match ups. Both sides won away from home against each other last season, with Southampton winning 1-0 at the Hawthorns and West Brom securing a 2-1 New Year's Eve win on the south coast. Virgil van Dijk was sent off late in that defeat, and the Dutch defender has returned to the side in recent weeks after a summer of injuries and transfer unrest.
Southampton's only concern is over defender Matt Targett, who has missed the whole of the season so far. He's back in light training following an ankle injury but still some way from full fitness. Van Dijk's return has meant that his Dutch compatriot Wesley Hoedt has had to settle for a place on the bench. Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has kept faith in Republic of Ireland international Shane Long in recent weeks, despite the return to fitness of Charlie Austin.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has a real concern over his goalkeeping situation ahead of the trip to the south coast. First choice keeper Ben Foster is out of action until the new year with a knee injury. Understudy Boaz Myhill suffered a dead leg in the Baggies' draw with Leicester on Monday night, and faces a race to be fit in time for the weekend. If Myhill's out, Pulis will have to call on 21-year-old Alex Palmer to step in, who's yet to make a senior appearance for the club.
Midfielder James Morrison also faces a late fitness test on a calf injury, while striker Hal Robson-Kanu is struggling with a thigh problem. If they're ruled out Nacer Chadli and Jay Rodriguez are likely to stay in the starting XI, although Matty Phillips and James McClean could step in.
Southampton v West Brom Preview and Predictions
Both sides are struggling for form at the moment, and arguably underachieving given the Premier League experience and quality in their respective squads. Southampton have won just twice in the league this season, and they face West Brom on the back of a three game winless run. Only a late draw against Newcastle in their last outing prevented three successive losses.
West Brom have also won just twice this season, with both victories coming in the first two weeks of the season. They're now without a win in their last six Premier League games. Given the situation that both sides find themselves in, this game looks likely to finish with the two teams cancelling each other out, and a draw's priced at 13/5. Southampton are available at 7/8 for the win, with the visitors starting as underdogs at 21/5.
Neither side are finding the back of the net too often this season. West Brom have just three goals in the last four league fixtures, and Southampton have exactly the same record ahead of this weekend's meeting. Neither side has a player with more than three goals so far this season, and as a goal fest is unlikely, an under 2.5 goals bet could be good value at 5/4.
A 1-1 draw at 13/2
Both sides will be desperate not to suffer a potentially damaging defeat this weekend. Pulis will have his side well drilled in defence, and Pellegrino is beginning to find his feet at Southampton, with the return of van Dijk boosting his team defensively.
Shane Long to score anytime at 15/8
Long recovered from a hip injury suffered on international duty with Ireland to keep his place in the starting lineup for the draw against Newcastle, and he won the penalty that secured the equaliser. Despite his barren run in front of goal in recent weeks, his confidence looks to be improving and a goal could be just around the corner.