Expert Analysis and Predictions: Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion in the Championship Playoff

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
17 May 2024, 16:18

The first leg at The Hawthorns ended in a goalless draw, leaving everything to play for in the return fixture at St Mary's Stadium. Both teams have had their moments of brilliance throughout the season, with Southampton finishing 4th in the regular season and West Brom not far behind, being 5th. The stakes couldn't be higher, as a spot in the playoff final and a chance for promotion to the Premier League are on the line. After spending several seasons in the mid-tables (finishing 10th and 9th in previous years), West Bromwich hopes to place itself in the Premier League, while Southampton was one of the most impressive teams in the Championship, having a 25-match streak without a loss in the first part of the season.

Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion Preview

Southampton Preview

Under the management of Russell Martin, the Saints have adapted well to life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League. Despite losing key players in the summer, Southampton have shown depth and versatility, with players like Adam Armstrong, who has netted 21 goals in the league this season, stepping up to fill the void. Their performance in the first leg against West Brom was solid, if unspectacular, but they will be looking to leverage their home advantage in the second leg to secure their place in the final. Another hope for the fans is that the team outperformed West Bromwich in both Championship matches, winning two of them (2-0, 2-1). With the advantage of St Mary’s Stadium, where the Saints suffered only one loss in 6 matches, Russell Martin can expect the best from his team.

West Bromwich Albion Preview

West Bromwich Albion, on the other hand, will be looking to extend their impressive run of form and secure a spot in the playoff final. The Baggies have shown they can perform under pressure and will be aiming to upset the odds at St Mary's. Corberan's side will need to be at their defensive best while making the most of any opportunities that come their way. The return of Semi Ajayi and the formidable form of key players like Jed Wallace and Andreas Weimann could be crucial in the upcoming clash.

Betting Tips for Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion

Southampton to Win

Despite the fact that West Brom had solid chances in the first leg, Southampton's performance during this season was more cohesive, with the team sometimes showing excellent football worth in the Premier League. The key advantage for Southampton will be that the decisive second leg is being held at St Mary’s, where the team lost only 3 matches in the last 8 months. West Brom, on the contrary, is winless for the 4 consecutive matches on the road. For this Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion prediction, Unibet gives 1.85.

First Half Winner - Southampton

As Russell Martin emphasised once again, it is important to get an advantage as early as possible. With the best chances Southampton created in the first leg, were in the first half. In the head-to-head matches between the two, this trend also seems favourable, given that Southampton had the lead after 45 minutes in 5 out the last 7 matches. Moreover, during the season, both fixtures in the Championship saw Southampton winning the first half. Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.48.

Total Yellow Cards Under 4.5

Despite the fact that teams met quite frequently in both the Premier League and Championship, the matches between the two are usually not intense in terms of fouls and yellow cards. Both teams emphasise disciplined football, which resulted in the fact that the last 9 consecutive head-to-head matches saw less than 5 yellow cards. Despite the high stakes of the upcoming match, it is likely that it be quite disciplined, and the referee will not interfere in its course to calm things down. For this Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion tip, Unibet gives 1.81.

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