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Southampton vs West Brom - Premier League preview and team news

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By Stephen Donovan

Friday 22 August 2014

Ronald Koeman oversees his first competitive match as manager of Southampton when his side take on West Bromwich Albion, with both sides searching for their first win of the season.

There was plenty for the Dutchman to be impressed by in his opening match at Liverpool, where the Saints were desperately unlucky to lose after more than matching last season’s runners-up for long periods. It was a performance that suggested that the club can still be very competitive despite this summer’s upheaval, and they will fancy their chances of notching up their first win here.

West Brom took a while to get going in their first match against Sunderland as they found themselves somewhat shell-shocked by an early goal. They were given a helping hand after being given a soft penalty, but ended up just minutes away from three points which would have immensely aided Alan Irvine’s standing among supporters, but a failure to close a game out again proved their undoing.

Gaston Ramirez misses out again for Southampton alongside long-term absentee Jay Rodriguez. There could be a first start for Shane Long, but fellow new signing Florin Gardos will be assessed as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

Due to a lack of match fitness, Cristian Gamboa looks unlikely to feature for West Brom until September. Gareth McAuley is fit again, but Joleon Lescott is still out because of a knee injury.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Southampton v West Brom

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