WBA accomplished quite a result in the last round when they managed to overrun Chelsea in London, outplaying them with a convincing 2:5 result.
The visitors conceded first in the 27th but were given a huge advantage only two minutes later when Silva was excluded. They used in the best way possible, scoring two in the last minutes of the first part, and successfully added three more to the scoreline in the continuation, allowing the hosts to be effective only one more time back in the 71st, for a truly surprising win, considering their overall appearance in this season.
WBA occupies relegation leading 19th place, and this victory surely came at the perfect time to boost their morale.
The hosts will miss central-back Ivanovic (13/0), while doubtful are central defender O’Shea (23/0) and left-back Gibbs (10/0).
Southampton had some difficulties last time out at home against underdogs from Burnley, but they still managed to record a close 3:2 victory.
They found themselves in a two-goal deficit after the twenty-eight minutes of play, but cleared their heads and managed to equalize before the first part ended. The hosts appeared more aggressive in the second, deservedly scoring another one in the 66th, and took a victory in this very interesting and dynamic encounter.
Southampton is currently at 14th spot in the Premiers League, having ten points more than relegation-placed Fulham.
They will miss injured midfielders Smallbone (3/0), Romeu (20/1) and forward Obamefi (1/0) due to injuries.
Goals could be all over the place
Judging by their latest performances, we can expect an open clash, with a high number of goal-scoring opportunities. Simply, there is absolutely no reason for them to opt for a less risky approach, as after all, they both require another three-pointer.
Southampton is not safe yet, while WBA will have to do their best in the weeks to come if they want to escape relegation. With that being said, choosing a high number of goals from both sides is looking like the safest option in my opinion, as none of them can be fully trusted in the defense now.