Southampton will hope to continue their recent resurgence on Sunday afternoon as West Brom visit St Mary’s.
The Saints lost their first three games in all competitions since the football season returned, but stopped the rot with a 1-0 win over Burnley last week, with Danny Ings continuing the form that almost fired him to the Golden Boot last season.
Ings could be helped by the return of Nathan Redmond, with manager Ralph Hassenhuttl confirming the winger is back in training after injury and should be involved in some capacity. It’s also believed that Southampton are closing in on the signing of Brest midfielder Ibrahima Diallo, with the player travelling to England on Friday. The game against West Brom will come too soon for him to be involved though, even if the move is complete before kick-off.
After picking up their first point of the season at home to Chelsea last week, Slaven Bilic will be hoping to go one step further and get the Baggies’ first win of the campaign this weekend.
Bilic has also confirmed that the club are looking at one or two more signings before the transfer window shuts on Monday, with a striker the main priority. Callum Robinson scored twice against Chelsea last week and will continue in attack for this game though.
New signings Connor Gallagher and Branislav Ivanovic are both fit, but Bilic hinted at Gallagher being more likely to be involved than the experienced former Chelsea defender. West Brom also signed Filip Krovinovic on loan for another season earlier this week, but he is unlikely to be involved as he lacks fitness.
Kieran Gibbs serves the second match of a three-match ban, while Ahmed Hegazi, Kamil Grosicki and Kenneth Zohore are all expected to miss out with injury.
Southampton take on West Brom at St Mary’s on Sunday, October 4th, kick off is at 12pm.