Southampton v West Brom tips – Lift-off for Koeman at St Mary’s
The Saints set to march to a comfortable victory against the Baggies
August 22nd, 2014
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Southampton played pretty well at Anfield on Sunday and a similar performance against West Brom on Saturday should be enough to earn all three points.
Ronald Koeman has had to deal with an almighty exodus from St Mary’s this summer since taking charge, although he feels positive about the season ahead, with William Hill going 10/11 about a Southampton victory.
“If we reach the level that we did last week, that gives us a lot of possibilities,” Koeman told the official Southampton website.
“What we showed in that match gives us a lot of belief. We’ve had a good week, and we’re looking forward to Saturday.
“We showed our qualities, and we have to continue at that level in terms of how we like to play and how we like to defend. If we continue like that, I think there are big possibilities to win the next few games.
“After losing, there is always a little more pressure to win and we are prepared for that,” continued Koeman.
“When you play at home it’s always different to when you play away. We’ll have our supporters with us, so the team is ready to play on a good level – and to win, because we need the points.”
Nevertheless, Koeman is not expecting an easy afternoon against a Baggies side that played out an opening-day draw with Sunderland last weekend.
“For sure, they (West Brom) will come with good organisation and to defend with a lot of players,” he reasoned.
“It will be a different match to last week because we have dominate more and to create possibilities.
“I saw their match against Sunderland and they were a little unlucky in the end that it was 2-2. We know they are physically strong and they have a good organisation.
Even so, West Brom were fortunate to be awarded a soft penalty against Sunderland as part of the 2-2 draw, with Allan Irvine’s side looking set to struggle this season.
BETTING TIP: Southampton to win @ 10/11 with William Hill.