West Brom face Southampton on Monday night football

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Updated: November 5, 2012

West Bromwich Albion play host to Southampton tonight in the Premierships Monday Night action. After back to back Premier League defeats, Albion will be hoping to get back on a winning run. The odds look stacked in favour of the Midlands club, with Southampton having won none of their last six league meetings at the Hawthorns; although the last three have ended in draws.

Head Coach Steve Clarke is hopeful that Shane Long will have recovered from a hamstring injury picked up last weekend during their 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, and captain Chris Brunt and defender Billy Jones have recovered from hamstring and knee injuries respectively also.  Both Brunt and Jones have been absent from first team action since the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on 30th September, but both players played an hour as over-age players for West Brom’s under-21 side in midweek and have resumed training.

For Southampton record signing Gaston Ramirez could return after a five week absence after Saints boss Nigel Adkins confirmed he has trained well this week. Tadanari Lee could also return to league action after featuring midweek in the 3-0 defeat by Leeds in the Capital One Cup. Defender Frazer Richardson (groin) and midfielder Jack Cork (knee) remain sidelined. West Bromwich Albion will be looking to return to winning ways after successive 2-1 league defeats to Manchester City and Newcastle United respectively.  Both defeats left players and fans alike feeling very hard done by, and they’re sure to show Southampton no mercy despite gaffer Nigel Adkins being in the firing line as the pressure to climb out of the bottom 3 mounts. Adkins has achieved back to back promotions with Southampton, but his achievements look likely to be forgotten if his side do not better their current 4 point tally.