Premier League team news: West Brom v Southampton

Nicolas Anelka has impressed in pre-season. Photo: PA

Nicolas Anelka is set to make his competitive West Brom debut in Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton at The Hawthorns.

The 34-year-old, scorer of seven pre-season goals for Albion since joining in July, is one of three new faces added to the squad this summer along with fellow striker Matej Vydra and defender Diego Lugano, both of whom could also be involved in the campaign-opening game.

Wantaway frontman Peter Odemwingie has trained apart from the first team this summer and seems certain not to get a look in, while midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee) are not yet ready for selection after their injuries.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino could be without two of his first-choice full-backs for the trip to West Brom.

Both Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw are struggling with knocks picked up in the latter stages of pre-season but could yet feature in the opening fixture at The Hawthorns. Shaw (knee) is the most likely of the two youngsters to be involved with Clyne still recovering from a problem he picked up in Austria.

England's latest goalscorer Rickie Lambert is expected to lead the line but the fitness of Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida was expected to be judged later today after they travelled long-haul for midweek internationals.

Provisional squads

West Brom: Foster, Myhill, Reid, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Tamas, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Rosenberg, Long, Anelka, Vydra.

Southampton: Boruc, Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Stephens, Shaw, Fox, Lovren, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Schneiderlin, Cork, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Puncheon, Isgrove, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Lambert, Mayuka, Do Prado.