Preview: Saints up next at the Amex

It’s been a promising start to life under Graham Potter, after taking four points from two matches, which has left Albion fifth in the Premier League table, and Saturday provides another opportunity to impress as Southampton visit the Amex Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

By Kieran Cleeves • 22 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion host Southampton at the Amex this weekend.

Our 3-0 victory at Watford on the opening day was backed up with a 1-1 draw against West Ham United last weekend at the Amex, while Saints are yet to collect a point after defeats to Burnley and Liverpool.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be desperate to record their first points of the season, but ahead of a difficult trip to Manchester City at the end of the month, the match provides a promising chance to build further on our eye-catching start.

The team news…

Potter confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns for this weekend's game at the Amex, with Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto the three absentees for the visit of Southampton.


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2012: Albion 3 Southampton 0

Past meetings…

Three of our Premier League meetings against Saints have ended all square, with Glenn Murray scoring in each of those matches, including a 90th-minute penalty to equalise at St Mary’s last season.

We came back from 2-0 down thanks to Murray’s spot kick and Shane Duffy’s bullet header, but our south-coast neighbours took all three points when they visited the Amex in March, winning 1-0.

Our last victory over Saturday’s opponents came at the Amex in January 2012 — a Matt Sparrow double and strike from Jake Forster-Caskey secured a 3-0 win in our first campaign after leaving the Withdean Stadium.


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Extended highlights: Albion 1 West Ham 1

Our last fixture…

Albion 1
Trossard 65

West Ham 1
Hernandez 61

Albion line-up: Ryan; Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Maupay 67), Murray (Andone 74), Trossard (Mooy 85).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Webster, Bernardo, Locadia.

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Roberto Firmino nets against Southampton at St Mary's

Their last fixture…

Southampton 1
Ings 83

Liverpool 2
Mane 45+1
Firmino 71

Southampton line-up: Gunn; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Ings 64), Hojberg, Bertrand (Djenepo 77); Adams (Armstrong 68), Redmond.

Subs not used: Forster (GK), Danso, Cedric, Obafemi.

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Southampton summer signing Che Adams

Their one to watch…

After firing 22 goals in the Sky Bet Championship for Birmingham City last season, Che Adams attracted the attention of Southampton and signed for the club in July.

Adams spent three seasons at Championship level after leaving Sheffield United in 2016, and now has the chance to test himself in the top flight.

The 23-year-old is yet to open his account for the Hampshire club after leading the line against Burnley and Liverpool, but will be keen to hit the back of the net for the first time at the Amex.

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