Premier League Match Preview: Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion

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Updated: January 7, 2014
Southampton

Match Date: 11 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: The Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium

 

Southampton

Kicking off the New Year with a defeat from Chelsea, Southampton failed to keep errors at bay. The side were rendered goal-less when they welcomed their opponents at the St. Mary’s Stadium. Chelsea initially struggled in the face-off, but eventually picked up and fired three goals between the 60th and 82nd minutes. Southampton could have also scored, but they wasted plenty of chances, including their opportunity during a penalty-box melee in the early minutes of the second half.

 

On a different and lighter story, The Saints came out victorious after thrashing Burnley 4-3 in the FA Cup. Former Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez was key in helping his new club survive a second-half comeback by the adversary. Rodriguez fired from close range after their opponents set equalizers that canceled out Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert’s openers before Adam Lallana sealed the win. Kevin Long’s late close-range header was not enough to at least share the spoils with the resulting winners.

 

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich’s win over Newcastle United was their first true success in 10 matches and was thoroughly merited after a very determined display. Substitute Saido Berahino struck a late penalty that helped The Baggies overcome their rivals 1-0. It was also Keith Downing’s first win as caretaker boss of the club. Overall statistics, however, still pin the side in the relegation zone.  Their new record stands at W3-D6-L11.

 

While they often employ tactics that make them at ease in the middle, West Bromwich still struggle with other skills in the pitch including the defense against long shots and the avoidance of fouling in dangerous areas. They are, however, well-equipped in creating scoring chances.

 

Online betting tip: Despite succumbing to their nemeses in their most recent top-tier fixture, Southampton are still seen to dominate over West Bromwich. The hosts are apparently more attack-driven and their defense is undeniably much stronger than their visitors’.

 

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