PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: West Brom v Southampton – as it happens from the Hawthorns
19:54 GMT, 5 November 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as West Brom host Southampton at the Hawthorns to complete the weekend's fixtures. The Baggies could go as high as fourth with a win against the rock bottom Saints, who have the worst defensive record in the division.
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans, Long.
Subs not used: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, Brunt, Lukaku, Tamas, Fortune.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Ramirez, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Shaw, Mayuka, Puncheon.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
19.53: Not long to go now. The teams are in the tunnel waiting to get onto the pitch. Cue fair play handshakes and then we can get down to business.
19.48: I know it's still early days, but things are starting to get critical for teams near the foot of the table – in particular QPR and Southampton.
Aston Villa are hardly flying in 17th place, but the bottom three are in danger of breaking off from the pack.
If the Saints fail to get any points in the Midlands tonight they'll still be five points off Paul Lambert's Villa. Something Adkins is clearly looking to address with that goal-hungry line-up he's opted for.
19.43: We're just 17 minutes to kick-off now and I'm expecting some goals.
West Brom have been exciting to watch at home and Adkins is fielding a really attacking line-up.
Not to mention the fact that Southampton have conceded seven more goals than any other team in the Premier League.
Their 14 goals scored – one more than West Brom – isn't too bad for a team rooted to the bottom, mind you.
19.36: Feast your eyes on the full teams in the informative little green box on the right.
Artur Boruc doesn't even make the bench after he allegedly threw a water bottle into the crowd during Southampton's 2-1 defeat against Tottenham at St Mary's.
The club have launched an internal investigation, and Nigel Adkins said he was unwilling to discuss it any further when interviewed on Sky Sports.
19.32: It was another pulsating weekend of action in the English top-flight. A highlight for me was an early contender for goal of the season on Merseyside.
To take an 80-yard pass down with such ease before having the composure to round the goalkeeper with aplomb is something special, and Luis Suarez did that to bring Liverpool level with Newcastle at Anfield. Simply brilliant.
19.26: Here are the starting line-ups then ladies and gents:
West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, RIdgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans; Long.
Southampton team: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Ramrez, Lambert, Rodriguez
19.23: West Brom on the other hand can climb further up the table above Tottenham and Everton to fourth place. They may have lost their last two games in the final moments against Manchester City and Newcastle, but victory would spell their best start to a season in over 30 years.
What a job Steve Clarke has done so far in the Midlands. To think people doubted his appointment after Roy Hodgson's departure over the summer.
Attacking options: Shane Long (left) and Adam Lallana (right) will hope to create some chance in tonight's clash
19.19: A win tonight for Southampton may not be able to take them out of the relegation zone, but it can at least put them above Queens Park Rangers and Reading and within two points of Aston Villa.
A bit of team news has filtered in. Shane Long is fit and will lead the line for West Brom and – as expected – Gaston Ramirez starts in midfield for Southampton. Looks like Adkins is going for it then.
Full teams on the way soon.
19.15: Good evening, good evening. We've got more Premier League action to get through tonight with Southampton travelling to the Hawthorns to try to earn their first points on the road this season.
The Saints didn't win a single league game in October and West Brom have been tough to beat at home under Steve Clarke.
Nigel Adkins can take some solace in the fact that 11.8million signing Gaston Ramirez is set to return to the Southampton midfield.
Anyway, here's the first stat of the night courtesy of Opta Joe on Twitter. Saints fans may not want to hear it though…
He tweeted: 'If Southampton concede 3+ goals tonight they will break Barnsley's PL record of 28 goals conceded in their first 10 games. Defence.'
Fine start: West Brom are early contenders for a European spot in the Premier League