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Yet another crunch game for us, another must win ...

Lost to Norwich, drew with Palace,

so 0 for 2 so far :(


As long as we can get someone to manhandle lurch and we play our own game of fluent passing, I think we'll get something from the game.

Currently I fancy a 2-1 win for us :)
 

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The weather has been threatening to postpone the fixture, but the snow has so far only fallen lightly.

Here in London we've had snoe bizzard, clear blue sky and blazing sun, dark and overcast with snow, back to sun, back to snow, and right now bright sun again! Thats just the last 2 hours! So God knows what it'll be like up at the highest league ground in England.

I dont think we have any major injury worries or suspensions.

I'd like to see
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       Earnshaw Campbell
Greening Wallwork Richardson Gera
Robinson Clement Gaardsoe Albrechtsen
           Kuszczak
But I think Hoult maybe in for the Pole in goal.
It also wouldn't surprise me to see Big Dave in for Tommy G at the back to counter the height of Crouch.
 

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West Brom welcome back Jonathan Greening from suspension and Richard Chaplow and Kieran Richardson who were both cup-tied at the weekend.

Goalkeeper Russell Hoult is fit to play after suffering blurred vision and concussion, and Martin Albrechtsen has recovered from a hamstring problem.

Southampton will recall Jamie Redknapp and Nigel Quashie, with Kevin Phillips and Matt Oakley giving way.

Rory Delap could lose his right-back spot to Paul Telfer or Martin Cranie.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Albrechtsen, Purse, Gaardsoe, Moore, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Scimeca, Wallwork, Chaplow, Richardson, Greening, Campbell, Earnshaw, Kanu, Horsfield, Koumas, O'Connor, Dyer, Kuszczak.

Southampton (from): Smith, Telfer, Lundekvam, Davenport, Le Saux, Prutton, Oakley, Bernard, Camara, Redknapp, Crouch, Delap, Jakobsson, Higginbotham, McCann, Phillips, Blayney.

# West Brom boss Bryan Robson:

"Players can get a bit carried away and go out with too much aggression. I want controlled aggression," Robson said.

"Everyone knows what an important game it is, the boys have been bright in training and they're up for the challenge," he told the club website.

"We know a win will take us to within two points of Crystal Palace."

# Southampton boss Harry Redknapp:

"I took a chance with three strikers (against Brentford)," Redknapp told the club's website.

"I played an open game and it worked for 40 minutes.

"But it was a gamble and we cannot play like that at West Brom."

BIG-MATCH FACTS

# WEST BROMWICH ALBION and Southampton clash at the Hawthorns in a critical bottom of the table scrap. It's the Baggies third six-pointer this month, following the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace and 3-2 defeat at Norwich. Bryan Robson is looking for his second Premiership win as Albion boss, which would be enough to leapfrog their opponents and Norwich and complete a third maximum on the trot in home League games with the Saints. However, victory would still leave the Hawthorns club two points short of the safety line.

# The Midlanders own the weakest attack in the top division with 23 goals from 26 outings. The next goal they concede will be their 50th in League games this season, and although they're looking to extend an unbeaten home run this year to five League and Cup games, they're still the weakest at home in the highest League, having pocketed just 12 points at the Hawthorns.

# Honours are even between these clubs, as far as Premiership competition is concern. Each club has won one of the three contests to date, with one draw. The head-to-head League wins tally is also neck and neck at 19 a piece. This season's reverse fixture in November ended level with Robert Earnshaw scoring his first Premiership goals for the Baggies, and Anders Svensson netting both for the Saints, who claimed an undeserved point.

# SOUTHAMPTON must for the moment dismiss thoughts of beating Brentford and gaining a home quarter-final berth against Manchester United in the FA Cup, as they have two vital games this week in their quest to avoid relegation from the Premiership for the first time in their history. They desperately need to halt a run of seven straight away defeats in the top flight, to avoid dropping to the foot for the first time this season, and to boost morale ahead of Saturday's home game against champions Arsenal. Victory would see them climb above Crystal Palace and out of the drop zone.

# Like Bryan Robson, Harry Redknapp has only enjoyed one League victory as manager of his current club, who have the weakest away record in the top tier, with just two points from 13 trips. Between them, these clubs have dropped an amazing 120 points this season (Albion 61, Southampton 59). The most a club has dropped in a 20-club Premiership season and still survived is 78 - the least 70.

# The Solent side have won only one of their last nine League visits to the Hawthorns. That was the 0-2 top flight triumph on 14 May 1984, since when they have drawn one and lost two of their subsequent trips to the Black Country club.

Referee:
Mike Riley (Leeds)

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Club stats
Fixtures
20th 17 points
Highest achievable: 18th
Lowest could fall: STAY BOTTOM

# Won fewer Premiership matches than any other club so far this season (two).
# Accrued four more points to this identical stage during their only previous Premier League campaign, in the season before last, which resulted in relegation.
# Drawn 11 of 26 League games this term, including four of the last seven.
# Drawn six and lost 11 of the 17 League matches in which the opposition has scored first.
# No club has finished level on as many occasions in the top division, with the exception of Norwich who have also drawn 11.
# Conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season than any other club (14).
# Managed only three clean sheets in the League campaign.
# In 14 League games under Bryan Robson, one has been won, five drawn and eight lost.
# Never won a Premiership match in their history when the opening goal has been conceded.
# Won eight of 64 Premiership matches all time.

# Not lost at home in four in all competitions.
# Won one and drawn three League and Cup Games at the Hawthorns, since the 0-5 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day.
# Both Premiership victories this season have been gained on home turf (2-1 v Bolton, and 2-0 v Manchester City).
# Seeking a sixth win from their 33rd home Premiership match all time.

SOUTHAMPTON
Club stats
Fixtures
19th 19 points
Highest achievable: 17th
Lowest could fall: BOTTOM

# Won only three Premiership games this season (v Blackburn, Portsmouth and Liverpool - all at home). Just West Brom has won fewer (two).
# Drawn 10 times in the top flight. Only Norwich and West Brom have finished all square more often at the highest League level (11 each).
# Won one of 10 Premiership games under Harry Redknapp.
# Participated in four goalless draws in the top division - more than any other club with the exception of Manchester United.
# Scored the quickest top flight goal this season - James Beattie after 12 seconds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 28 August.
# Hold the best disciplinary record in the highest League (no red cards, 30 yellow).
# Third bottom in the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with five points from the possible 18.

# One of three clubs still without an away win in the Premiership. Norwich and West Brom are the others.
# Not won in 15 away League games.
# Drawn two and lost 11 League games on the road this season. The 11 defeats is three more than any other club. Crystal Palace, Norwich and West Brom, who all figure in the bottom four, have each lost eight times on their Premiership travels.
# Drawn two and lost 13 top flight engagements away from St Mary's, since beating Manchester City 1-3 at the City of Manchester Stadium on 17 April.
# Returned home with no points from the last seven trips, since the 2-2 draw at Arsenal on 30 October.
# Kept only one top flight clean sheet away from home (0-0 at Charlton in 13 September).

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Squad profiles

# Nwankwo KANU is a hat trick short of scoring 50 goals for English clubs (44 for Arsenal, three for West Brom).
# If he figures, Rob EARNSHAW will be making his 200th career League appearance.
# If he plays, Paul ROBINSON will be making his 50th League appearance for the Baggies.

SOUTHAMPTON
Squad profiles

# Jamie REDKNAPP is a hat trick shy of 50 club career goals (42 for Liverpool, four for Tottenham, one for Southampton).
# Peter CROUCH needs one to total half a century of club career goals.
# If on the field at kick off, Danny HIGGINBOTHAM will be making his 50th start for the Saints.

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Southampton 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
6 November 2004 - Ref: Steve Bennet
Southampton scorers: Anders Svensson 28, 87
WBA scorers: Earnshaw 29, 37

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 19 wins, Southampton 19, Draws 15
Prem: WBA 1 win, Southampton 1, Draws 1

HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 17 wins, Southampton 5, Draws 4
Prem: WBA 1 win, Southampton 0, Draws 0
 

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typical a game neitehr can lose, so it ends 0-0.

Soton had some really good chances to score, but Richardson hit an awesome shot that smacked off the crossbar from outside the area.

But really it was poor finishing, Earnie was pretty poor tonight kept rushing things and showed no composure.

Hoult was oh so suspect and needs to be dropped so he can sort out whatever injuries he is carrying.

Very disappointed :(
 
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