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Prediction League: Sir Rick Reunion

A trip to the Hawthorns for the saints and the big story should be Sir Rickie Lambert facing his old club. Instead all the pre-match talk is about Daniel Levy and his unsettling of Saido Berahino and Victor Wanyama.

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It's the Levy hatred derby at the hawthornes today as both chairman will share a prematch word regarding their mutual distaste of their spurs counterpart.

West Brom's prematch press conference was dominated by talk of Saido Berahino, and Tony Pulis will be glad he is now back in contention for a start. Koeman has his own sulker back in the squad. The mighty Kenyan had his head turned by media speculation at the end of last month, media speculation that in no way originated from the offices at white hart lane.

Much will be made of the crowd reception for Berahino and Wanyama. But one player guaranteed a fantastic cheer from the travelling fans is Sir Rickie Lambert. Yet to find the net for his new side, he is 7/1 to open the scoring. 90/1 to net a hat trick.

Southampton have stopped the away losses that plagued the end of last season, but still road victories allude Koeman's side.

Saints are favourites at 7/5. With West Brom at 11/5. The draw is available at 2/1.

And so to prediction time, If we have learnt anything thus far it is that football fandom impairs your judgement so badly you end up dumber than Paul Merson. The man who can't string together three syllables is now on three points while four of the masthead remain on zero:

WRITER POINTS
Merse 3
Jake 2
Lawro 1
Connor 0
Dan 0
George 0
Will 0

Here are this week's predictions:

Lawro: 1-1
"I have a feeling the points will be shared at The Hawthorns. Slowly but surely, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is getting what he wants from his team."

Merse: 1-1
"This is a tough game I don't see West Brom winning. If I'm being honest, I'm leaning towards Southampton after their good result last time out. But I think they could get a draw as long as they score the first goal."

Will: 1-0
"The Norwich game was wonderful, made me forget all about Denmark... Argh, I've just reminded myself of Denmark... Midgtylland were, for all the talk about stats and nerdiness, a horrible vindictive Pulis-y side and they schooled us. Evil always prospers, I've changed my prediction as I type, one nil loss."

Jake: 1-1
"Saints' players come back from a largely successful international break with a spring in their step, taking an early lead. But, some Pulis pressure buckles the Saints back line with 20 minutes left for a nervy finish."

George: 1-2
"Got a feeling we'll have a bit of luck with this one. Hopefully I won't jinx it but both Rondon and Lambert both aren't particularly quick; with Berahino not playing/unfit they might struggle for pace on the break."

Dan: 1-2
"Southampton to edge a close encounter with Mane, Rodriguez and Tadic too much for West Brom to handle."

Connor: 1-2
"It's written in the stars that either Berahino or Lambert will score, but I'm going to uphold the optimism of the Norwich game and call a second consecutive win for Saints. 2-1 to Ronald Koeman's men. Mané to score."

Rules are one point for a correct result, three for a correct score.