Southampton will undergo a tricky tie at the Hawthorns on the first day of the 2013/14 season.
The new Premier League fixture list for 2013/14 has thrown up a potentially difficult opening day match for Southampton, as they travel to West Bromwich Albion on August 17.
The Saints’ first home match of the new campaign will see the arrival of Sunderland at St Mary’s, with the month being concluded when Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to Norwich City.
Under the Argentinian the club finished 14th upon their return to the English top flight in 2012/13, after the controversial sacking of previous boss Nigel Adkins.
This year will therefore be Pochettino’s first first full campaign in charge at the south coast side and he will be looking to take them into the top 10.
However, Southampton will have to prove themselves and their first major test of the new season will be a trip to Anfield to play Liverpool on September 21.
The Saints will also face Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea away from home before the end of November.
See Southampton’s full Premier League fixture list at premierleague.com.