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West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
14 February 2024, 18:51

Before the upcoming match, both teams are positioned in the top 5 of the table and both of them are eager to promote to the Premier League next season. West Bromwich approaches the match in a decent shape with 2 wins and 1 draw, while Southampton ended his impressive 25-match unbeatable streak with loss from Bristol in the last round (3-1), which temporarily positioned the Saints into the third place. In the head to head clashes, Southampton is having an advantage with 6 wins in the last 8 matches and this time also comes to the Hawthorns with a small advantage despite the upset in Bristol.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton Preview 

West Bromwich Albion Preview

West Bromwich's key objective is to stay in the play off zone, since the promotion directly got out of the team’s hands (when the Baggies dropped from the second place in a series of unsuccessful matches). Currently, the team is fifth but the gap with seventh-placed Sunderland is only 4 points. At the same time, the fourth-placed Ipswich is 8 points ahead with two matches in reserve. Thus, the fight for the 5 and 6 place is going to be tough for Carlos Corberan’s team. In the last round, the team looked solid against Cardiff but it is questionable will it stay as cohesive in the face of a more serious opponent like Southampton. 

Southampton Preview

Southampton does not have illusions about catching up with Leicester and closing the 11 points gap between the teams, thus Rusell Martin’s main goal is to solidify its second position avoiding the play off rounds. Confirmed several times in the interviews, the Scottish manager singled out that promoting back to Premier League directly is the key point to the Saints this season. The only danger comes from Leeds (which is now 2 point ahead but the Saints have one match in reserve) and Ipswich (4 points gap) but their inconsistent game and overall unpredictability of Championship can be beneficial for this match’s guests. In the last round, Southampton ended their 25-matches unbeatable streak with a bitter loss to Bristol City. Despite the disappointment, Saints come to face West Bromwich in order to win back its second place and possibly start a new streak.

Betting Tips for West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton

Southampton - Draw No Bet

Southampton is looking more effective in their game build-up, especially in the midfield zone, which was one of the main reasons for their impressive unbeaten streak. West Bromwich is still shaky in its game, with momentous loss of concentration and defensive mistakes (which cost them the draw in last round with Ipswich). Despite the pretty solid home performance of Baggies, the Saints will probably find their chances. William Hill gives 1.61 for this West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton prediction.

Total Over 2.5 Goals

Southampton had beaten this total in the 5 out of 6 their last matches in the Championship. West Bromwich showed their defensive weaknesses against pressing teams, dropping points with Ipswich. In the first round match, the teams showed exciting football and ended with the score 2-1. William Hill evaluates this West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton prediction with odds of 1.93.

Southampton to Score in the First 15 Minutes - Yes

Southampton prefers to start the match actively and currently has 9 goals in this season scored in the first 15 minutes of the game. In the first round, the Saints opened the score in the fifth minute of the game and given the high West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton odds for this outcome, it is worth a shot, since William Hill gives 4.95.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.