Southampton v West Brom – Match preview and team news

St Mary’s plays host to two sides that have comfortably secured their places in the Premier League for next season.

For Southampton, in this their first season back in the top flight since being relegated in 2005, it has been a season of success after a poor start, boosted by the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino in January to replace the unfortunate Nigel Adkins as manager.

For West Brom, after a season that started so promisingly and even saw them sniffing around the Champions League places until early November, the campaign has petered out a little although an expected eighth-placed finish is still a wonderful achievement for Steve Clarke in his debut season as a manager.

The Saints are looking to build on an impressive home record of late and will have Morgan Schneiderlin, a midfielder that has impressed many throughout this season, fit to start. However, fellow midfield man James Ward-Prowse is a doubt.

Elsewhere, Luke Shaw and Guly do Prado are included having shaken off injury problems of their own while up-front, the in-form Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez look set to continue their prolific partnership of late.

The Baggies will be missing captain Chris Brunt due to a knee injury while Youssouf Mulumbu is absent as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension. Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are long-term absentees while up-front, Clarke must choose between Romelu Lukaku, Shane Long and Peter Odwemwingie, who has still not been forgiven by the club’s supporters for the controversy that surrounded him at the end of the January transfer window.

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

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