Steve Clark had been a number two until the summer before replacing Roy Hodgson at West Brom and the Scot has enjoyed a bright start to his managerial career, with Albion collecting four wins at home this season while they were unlucky to be turned over by Manchester City.
The bookies make them strong favourites to continue this impressive home form and a best price 3/4 (Ladbrokes free bets) is available which is sure to prove popular considering Southampton appear no closer to shoring up a defence that has conceded 26 goals in 9 matches.
Nigel Adkins is under pressure to turn things round at St Mary’s although the Saints haven’t been too close to earning a point on the road since briefly leading 2-1 at Manchester City back in August before losing 3-2.
Southampton are a 4/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to have the bookies cheering from the rooftops by beating the Baggies and Adkins will demand a reaction from his team after a woeful performance at Leeds in the League Cup during the week, even if it was a much-changed team at Elland Road.
One plus point for the visitors is that they have scored in all but one of their nine Premier League matches thus far and Jay Rodriguez has worked his way into this Southampton team, with the former Burnley man finding the net against Spurs.
West Brom were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Newcastle last weekend although one criticism of the Midlands team is that they don’t have a prolific striker in the team even if Romelu Lukaku looked dangerous at St James’ Park.