West Brom travel to Southampton this weekend as their hunt for a first Premier League victory of the season continues.
Pegged back by Chelsea despite enjoying a 3-0 first half lead last time out, Slaven Bilic’s Albion have shown signs of improvement and finding their feet in each of their last couple of league games against high quality opponents.
Ultimately, they’ve fell down with their defending – the goals against column already stands at 11.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints won against Burnley last time out, but they don’t have a particularly strong home record in the last 12 months and Tottenham put five past them at St Mary’s in their first home game of the season.
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How to watch the game
Albion’s game with Southampton is kicking off on Sunday at midday because it’s been selected by BT Sport.
It’s not the only game that kicks off at midday, either; BT will be showing Leicester City’s clash with West Ham United on BT Sport 1, while Saints v Albion takes place over on BT Sport 2.
If you have a Sky box, the channel number if 414, if it’s a BT TV or Talk Talk box it’s 408 and if it’s 528.
The coverage from St Mary’s begins at 11:30am.
If you don’t have access to BT Sport, then a highlights package will be available on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One – that begins at 22:30.
BirminghamLive’s Albion reporter Joe Chapman will be based at St Mary’s to bring you updates via Twitter and reaction following the final whistle. You can keep up to track by clicking here.
Southampton have a fully fit squad after Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that former Blues and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond is back in full training.
Albion, meanwhile, will be without suspended Kieran Gibbs for certain. They’re likely to be without Kamil Grosicki and Kenneth Zohore, while Slaven Bilic will make late calls on whether or not to include new signings Filip Krovinovic and Branislav Ivanovic.
“Filip played a little bit in that game as well, 20 minutes – he is in the worst position because he only came on Monday, although you can see he’s been training really hard at Benfica. But it was more individual training,” Bilic explained.
You can read the full Albion team news by clicking here.
Perhaps to be expected, Saints are favourites on home soil. They’re 3/4 with various bookmakers, while Albion are the value bet at 10/3.
The draw is 29/10.
Danny Ings, who has three league goals already this season, is the 9/4 favourite to open the scoring. Albion’s shortest price opening goalscorer bet is Callum Robinson, last week’s two-goal scorer, at 13/2.
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Referee : Chris Kavanagh. Assistants : Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis. Fourth official : Kevin Friend. VAR : Paul Tierney. Assistant VAR : Dan Robathan.
Referee Chris Kavanagh, from Lancashire, last took charge of an Albion game in the second leg of their play-off semi final defeat to Aston Villa. Winning 1-0 on the night, Kavanagh sent Chris Brunt off in the second half.
Kavanagh’s last Albion top flight game was the 3-1 defeat at Brighton in September 2017, but he also looked after the game against Saints in the FA Cup in February 2018.
He’s officiated five matches this season and has already dished out 30 yellow cards and one red.