(Sporting Alert) — Fresh off his dream debut for England, Rickie Lambert leads Southampton front line against West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Lambert hit the winner for England after coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Scotland in a friendly international in midweek and the striker will be hoping to generate the same kind of form against West Brom on the road.
Summer recruits Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren both start as well for Southampton in a game that is expected to be very close.
For West Bromwich, striker Nicolas Anelka, who returns to the EPL after a short stint away, makes his debut for the hosts, which will be his sixth club in England. The 34-year-old was in fantastic goalscoring form in preseason and has been backed to continue that form Saturday.
Youssouf Mulumbu, Shane Long and Jonas Olsson all start as well.
West Bromwich v Southampton
West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson (c), Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans; Anelka, Long.
Subs: Myhill, Vydra, Rosenberg, Brunt, Dawson, Berahino, Popov.
Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: K. Davis, Clyne, S. Davis, Ramirez, Cork, Mayuka, Hooiveld.