WBA and Southampton face off at the Hawthorns on Monday, with both sides coming off victories over Chelsea and Burnley at the weekend. The Baggies did well to beat the ten-man Blues at Stamford Bridge, but they must continue to improve if they want to stay in the Premier League. The players under Sam Allardyce are full of trust ahead of Southampton’s visit, and we are confident that they will give it their all on the pitch.
West Bromwich vs Southampton Prediction : 2 – 1
Pereira, who scored a brace against Chelsea, will be one to watch for the home side. Ivanovic and O’Shea should be available to face the Saints, but Gibbs is a big question mark. Southampton came back from two goals down to defeat Burnley 3-2 at St. Mary’s Stadium, but given that the hosts are more desperate for a victory than the visitors, we’re tempted to back the relegation candidates. Injuries also kept Obafemi, Smallbone, and Oriol Romeu out of the lineup.
PLAYER TO WATCH (BRANISLAV IVANOVIC):
Branislav Ivanovic has established himself as one of the top defenders in world football over the years. Bane is mostly a centre back, but he can also play as a left back. The Serbian defender has been with Chelsea since 2008, and he has also played for Srem, OFK Beograd, and Lokomotiv Moscow in the past.
Every match, Ivanovic puts his heart on the line, and it is for this reason that the fans adore him. He’s also known for his aerial skill, and it’s worth noting that since joining Chelsea in 2008, he’s scored 22 goals for the Blues.
With the Blues, the Serbian player has won two Premier League titles, but his greatest achievement is the Champions League trophy he won in 2012. Branislav is married to Natasa, and they have four children together.
HIGHLIGHTED TEAM (SOUTHAMPTON):
Southampton is an English football club based in St Mary’s Stadium, where they have played their home games since 2001. The Saints were formerly based at The Dell, and Southampton’s current stadium has a seating capacity of 32,505. Southampton’s home jersey is red and white striped, while their away uniform is navy and gold.
Saints have yet to win the Premier League, but they did well to win the FA Cup in 1976, and they also reached the final of the coveted competition in 1900, 1902, and 2003. Southampton defeated Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final, and it is widely regarded as the club’s greatest triumph.
The club is well-known for its football academy, with Real Madrid icon Gareth Bale among those who started their career at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Portsmouth is Southampton’s fiercest foe, and the two sides will face off in the South Coast Derby.