Premier League Preview: Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion

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Updated: August 19, 2014
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Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium

 

 

Southampton must prove that the loss to Liverpool has nothing to do with the exodus of its key players. They have another chance for redemption and that is via securing victory against West Brom.

 

The contenders

Southampton

Southampton’s narrow defeat to Liverpool can be considered as quite a success in a sense that they did not experience a heavy thrashing as many expected. As a matter of fact, the squad has managed to equalize when Nathaniel Clyne scored on the 56th minute. And since it took quite a while since Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s winning goal, Southampton’s previous performance can be described as a well-played match.

 

Nevertheless, the Saint still has plenty to prove this season. The exodus that transpired among its key figures, gave the impression of being a strong relegation candidate.

 

With the defeat that they just experienced, the situation generates different perspectives. You either see it is as a half-empty glass of water or a half-full glass of water. But philosophical notions do not have a room in football. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, it is all about winning battles in the pitch rather than winning battles in debates. And apparently, what Southampton showed, although, a bit impressive, barely guarantees a strong finish this season.

 

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom joins the list of teams, which had to settle for a draw during their opening match.

 

Despite Saido Berahino’s double, a determined Sunderland rose to the challenge. Sebastian Larsson, in particular, refused to wave the white flag when he netted the equalizer on the 85th.

 

Out of its 6 encounters against Southampton, West Brom has only won twice, which therefore, increases its possibilities of losing in the said match.

 

Possible head turners

Saido Berahino is still expected to feature for West Brom. But Berahino will need reinforcements if the squad is determined to snatch 3 points.

 

What the odds say

Despite the exit of many of its key players, Southampton remains a favorite of online betting sites. In 12BET, the club is valued to win at profitable odds of 1.91.

 

 

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