SAINTS are on the eve of their final international break until March as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to St Mary's today (3PM).

They can go into the break on their longest unbeaten run of the decade by avoiding defeat against fifth in the division and extending the spell to eight matches. 

Manager Russell Martin has helped inspire togetherness within the group and Saints have a settled starting XI with little need for too many changes. 

After beating Millwall 1-0 thanks to a last-gasp winner last time out, here is how we think he will line up his side to take on in-form visitors... 


Gavin Bazunu's second clean sheet of the season, and only fourth league shutout since joining Saints last summer, came last time out against Millwall. 


Jan Bednarek is set to miss out through suspension which means Mason Holgate could join Kyle Walker-Peters and Taylor Harwood-Bellis in the starting team.

Meanwhile, Martin hinted at another change being made due to a knock, meaning Ryan Manning could replace James Bree - who was forced off at the Den after 71 minutes.

Daily Echo: James Bree could keep his placeJames Bree could keep his place (Image: PA)


Flynn Downes continues to do a superb job anchoring the midfield and will retain his place again for the visit of West Brom.

Although Will Smallbone and Stuart Armstrong were not the standout performers at the Den, they are certain to keep their spots in the midfield. 


Adam Armstrong's assist in the last minute against Millwall means he has the most goal involvements (eight goals, three assists) of any Championship player. 

He will lead an attack supported by Kamaldeen Sulemana and the creative Charly Alcaraz, who are both working to improve their statistical output. 

Daily Echo: Charly Alcaraz impressed Russell Martin last weekCharly Alcaraz impressed Russell Martin last week (Image: PA)

Full predicted team:

Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Holgate, Harwood-Bellis, Manning; Downes, Smallbone, S Armstrong; Alcaraz, Kamaldeen, A Armstrong.