Southampton will be hoping their lack of time off over the festive period will not cost them when they host West Brom on Saturday.
The Saints went down 4-1 to Tottenham on Wednesday and will be desperate for a response against a Baggies side who have made huge strides in recent months.
Despite taking the lead early on, eighth-placed Southampton struggled to live with Spurs and the dismissal of Nathan Redmond means they will be without one of their form players on Saturday.
That should see Dusan Tadic come back into the fold while Jay Rodriguez’s injury history may see him drop out for Shane Long. Long is yet to score for the Saints this season but is 7/2 to break the deadlock in a game his side are 20/27 to win.
Although they struggled to deal with Spurs, Claude Puel‘s men are generally good at the back and having kept clean sheets in five of their last seven home matches against the Baggies, they are 1/1 to repeat the trick, with a home win to zero priced at 5/4.
West Brom have impressed this season and are currently a point behind their opponents in ninth spot.
Defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal have not helped but they have some favourable fixtures in the coming weeks and will be confident of going into 2017 on the back of a victory.
Salomon Rondon has been largely superb for the Baggies and Tony Pulis‘ more aggressive tactics seem to be bringing the best out of him.
The Venezuelan is 16/5 to net at anytime and his eye for goal could be the key in what looks set to be a tight affair at St Mary’s.
Goals have been an issue for West Brom away from home, with under 2.5 scored in 10 of their last 12, an outcome that is an unfavourable 10/17.
Although this game last term finished 3-0 to Southampton, a similar outcome looks unlikely.
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