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WEST BROM VS SOUTHAMPTON

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WBA (4-4-1-1)

FOSTER,

DAWSON, McAULEY, LESCOTT, BRUNT,

MORRISON, FLETCHER, YACOB, GARDNER,

BERAHINO,

IDEYE

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

PELLE,

ELIA, SCHNEIDERLIN, DJURICIC,

WANYAMA, WARD-PROWSE,

BERTRAND, YOSHIDA, FONTE CLYNE,

FORSTER

West Bromwich Albion have lost just one of their last 10 league and cup games, showing an impressive response to the arrival of Manager Tony Pulis. They have also kept three straight clean sheets and gone a total of five hours and 28 minutes since goalkeeper Ben Foster was beaten.

Indeed, in the nine matches since Pulis took charge, his side has kept six clean sheets and that is equal to the number former head coach Alan Irvine enjoyed in five months in charge.

Albion were in 17th place when Pulis, who kept Crystal Palace up last season, was appointed on January 1, and now they are 14th.

Southampton, by contrast, have scored just one goal in their last four games and have dropped to fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, the first time they have been out of the top four since December 20 of last year.

When the teams met at St Mary's in August, Southampton claimed their first Premier League point under Ronald Koeman, but were left frustrated as West Brom held them to a goalless draw on the south coast.

Victor Anichebe, the Albion striker, could be available to return after missing the last three games with a groin strain. But Pulis may go with an unchanged team.

Southampton have Morgan Schneiderlin available after a groin problem and having come on at half-time in the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool he may feature. Shane Long, Emmanuel Mayuka and Toby Alderweireld are all still missing for the Saints.