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Southampton vs West Brom: Preview, Predictions and Lineups

Southampton host West Bromwich Albion in the second leg of the 2023/24 Championship play-off semi-final on Friday evening.

After a goalless draw in the first leg, both teams are fighting for a place in the play-off final at Wembley on May 26, with Southampton aiming for an immediate return to the Premier League and West Brom fighting for resumption. Entry into the top division after a three-year absence.

With the Saints sitting fourth in the regular season – 12 points ahead of West Brom, one place below – they will be favorites for Friday’s game on the south coast. While the first leg ended smoothly in the Midlands, Southampton won both league games, including a 2-1 win at St Mary’s Stadium last November.

Here is 90 minutes Preview the game.

Southampton vs West Brom H2H record (last five games)

Current form (all competitions)

Southampton

West Brom

West Brom 0-0 Southampton – 05/12/24

West Brom 0-0 Southampton – 05/12/24

Leeds 1-2 Southampton – 05/04/24

West Brom 3-0 Preston – 05/04/24

Southampton 0-1 Stoke – 04/27/24

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 West Brom – 04/27/24

Leicester 5-0 Southampton – 04/23/24

Leicester 2-1 West Brom – 04/20/24

Cardiff 2-1 Southampton – 04/20/24

West Brom 0-1 Sunderland – 04/13/24

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Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Ultra HD, Sky GO, Sky GO Extra

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Che Adams

Che Adams missed the first leg / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Russel Martin has several injury concerns ahead of West Brom’s visit: goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is out with an Achilles tendon injury and Juan Larios is also out with a thigh injury.

Stuart Armstrong could feature in some capacity after missing the last few games, while Che Adams, who has scored 16 goals in the Championship this season, is likely to return after a calf injury which ruled him out of the first leg .

Predicted Southampton line-up (3-5-2): McCarthy; Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Stephens; Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Downes, Aribo, Manning; Armstrong, Adams.

Carlos Corberan

Carlos Corberan doesn’t have many injury problems / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Carlos Corberan only has two guaranteed absences for the second leg at Southampton, with striker Daryl Dike and midfielder Jayson Molumby both sidelined.

West Brom could play with the same lineup that managed a draw at the Hawthorns, although striker Josh Maja could return to the bench.

Expected formation of West Brom (4-2-3-1): Palmer; Furlong, Bartley, Kipre, Townsend; Yokuslu, Mowatt; Fellows, Diangana, Johnston; Thomas Asante.

West Brom’s away record is far less impressive than their home record this season, with the Baggies potentially falling short against a Southampton side who have won both of their league games this season.

It should be a tense and tense affair, as play-off games often are, but Southampton’s special quality makes them favorites to see off an Albion side that is destined for greatness or capable of ridiculous things.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 West Brom

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