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West Brom vs Saints: Preview

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14:24 4th November 2012

Saints fans will be hoping for fireworks as we make a Bonfire Night visit to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow evening (8pm kick-off).

With the quarter-season mark now being reached, we will be looking to kick off our next batch of fixtures with a first away win of the campaign.

That will be no mean feat, though, given West Brom have started the campaign well under newly-appointed head coach Steve Clarke, who stepped into the vacancy left by Roy Hodgson this summer.

The Baggies went into this weekend's round of fixtures sitting eight in the Barclays Premier League standings – though they could well have been even higher in the table.

Clarke's side have lost their last two games – against Manchester City then Newcastle – thanks to injury-time goals, with a win in either of those fixtures enough to have put Albion into the top five.

Team News

Saints' First Team Manager Nigel Adkins revealed in his pre-match press conference that Gastón Ramírez and Jack Cork are back in full training and could be involved at the Hawthorns on Monday.

Ramírez has been missing for the past month with a thigh issue, while Cork has yet to make Premier League appearance this season due to ankle and knee problems.

Adkins is likely to make wholesale changes to the side which started Saints' Capital One Cup loss at Leeds last Tuesday, when he rested 11 first-team players.

Tadanari Lee returned from an arm injury in that game and will hope to make his first top-flight appearance tomorrow, though defender Frazer Richardson remains out with a thigh injury.

For the hosts, Shane Long and Claudio Yacob are rated by boss Clarke as having a 50-50 chance of being involved in Monday's game.

Defender Billy Jones has been declared fit after recovering from a knee injury, as has Chris Brunt following a hamstring issue.

Steven Reid, though, will not be fit to return to the team despite resuming training after a hamstring problem of his own.

Previous Meetings

Saints and West Brom last met on a competitive basis in April 2008, with the Baggies looking to finalise their promotion to the Premier League and their visitors fighting for safety at the other end of the table.

Adam Lallana's first goal for the Club looked to have put Saints on the way to a vital win, but Brunt's equaliser six minutes from time was enough to ensure the hosts sealed their place in the top flight.

The two teams have faced one-another eight times in the past decade, with five of those ending in draws, two in Southampton victories and just one in a Baggies win.

Saints are unbeaten in their last three visits to the Hawthorns, though it has been more than 28 years since we last won there.

We also faced the Baggies in a friendly at St Mary's in the summer of 2011 following our promotion to the Championship. Saints came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against their top-flight opponents thanks to headed goals from Jack Cork and Rickie Lambert.

Competitively, Southampton and West Brom have faced each-other on 68 occasions. 24 of those games have gone Saints' way, 22 have ended in draws and 20 in Baggies victories.

Match Information

Tickets for tomorrow's match remain on sale to Saints fans via the St Mary's Ticket Office until midday on Monday.

The fixture will be refereed by Mark Halsey, who will be assisted by Ron Ganfield and John Flynn. The fourth official is Mike Dean.

The best way to travel to the Hawthorns is with Saints' official away match travel partner Coliseum Coaches. To book your place, call them on 02380 472377 or go to coliseumcoaches.co.uk.

The Hawthorns is located just off the M5 on the A41. If you're driving from Southampton, take the M3 then the A34 to join up with the M40 at Junction 9. After 45 miles you will merge onto the M45 and then join the M5 northbound. Exit at Junction 1 for the A41, and the stadium will be on your right after less than a mile.

There is a 350-space car park directly opposite the Hawthorns. Admission is priced at £5 per car, with gates remaining open for one hour after the final whistle. There are a number of other private car parks within one kilometre of the ground plus limited on-street parking.

The Hawthorns has its own train station around five minutes from the ground. If travelling from Southampton, change first at Banbury then Birmingham Moor Street. The journey should take around three hours, though an overnight stay may be required as there are no trains running late enough to take fans back to Southampton after the game.

This game will be shown live on Sky Sports' Live Ford Monday Night Football programme on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, with coverage starting at 7pm.

Online Coverage

As with every first-team fixture, we will have live coverage via our official Twitter feed plus goal updates through our Facebook page.

You can watch pre-match interviews and press conferences with Nigel Adkins and Adam Lallana on Saints Player, where you'll also find a compilation of goals we've scored against the Baggies in recent years.

saintsfc.co.uk and Saints Player should be your first destinations for post-match coverage, so look out for all the after-game reaction once tomorrow's fixture comes to an end.

If you're travelling up to the Hawthorns with us, we want your pictures for the next edition of our official matchday programme.

Send us images of you and your fellow Saints fans making the journey north and show us your experience of a top-flight matchday once you're into the stadium.

Post your pictures on Twitter or Instagram with the #MarchingIn hashtag, or email them to programmesfc@saintsfc.co.uk. The best images will appear in the programme for the visit of Swansea next Saturday.

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