Both of these teams come into this match on the back of much needed victories in their last games. West Brom laboured to a 1-0 win against nine-man Stoke, while Southampton comprehensively defeated ten-man Norwich 3-0.
The fact that both victories came against sides with a man (or more) down will mean that many supporters will still need convincing that their teams have recovered from poor starts.
Both sets of fans will also be hoping for a more open match as the last four meetings between these sides have yielded only three goals.
Saido Berahino has returned to training for the Baggies and could be included following his strop on Deadline Day, Salomon Rondon scored the Baggies’ winner at the Britannia Stadium and is sure to start, while new signing Jonny Evans should also slot straight in at centre-back.
James Chester is 50/50 to return from his hamstring injury but Ben Foster remains absent. Anders Lindegaard was another addition on transfer deadline day and will compete with Boaz Byhill for the goalkeeper’s jersey.
Southampton could also field debutants with £13 million signing Virgil van Dijk likely to replace Maya Yoshida at centre-half.
Victor Wanyama will return to the squad after failing to get his move to Tottenham, while manager Ronald Koeman will be delighted that Sadio Mane also remains at the club.
The likes of Graziano Pelle and Steven Davis have been busy on international duty but thankfully for Koeman there have been no additions to a lengthy injury list.
Fraser Forster remains out, while Ryan Bertrand and Jordy Clasie are both expected to miss the trip as they recover from their respective knocks.
League Position: West Brom – 15th, 4pts; Southampton – 10th, 5pts
Last Meeting: West Brom 1-0 Southampton, February 2015
Form: West Brom – LDLW; Southampton – DLDW
Key Men: West Brom – Salomon Rondon; Southampton – Graziano Pelle
Shoot Says: West Brom 1-1 Southampton