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Playoff Semi-final in the Balance as Southampton Host West Bromwich Albion in Second Leg

Southampton vs West Bromwich - 17/05/2024

Playoff Semi-final in the Balance as Southampton Host West Bromwich Albion in Second Leg
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There are only three matches remaining in the Championship season and we are close to knowing the third team that will play in the Premier League next season.

The match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion will be played on the 17th of May at St. Mary's Stadium.

The hosts finished 4th in the Championship on 87 points while the visitors finished in 5th place on 75 points.

Southampton come into the game having secured a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns in the first leg of this playoff semi-final.

The Saints will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet in the away leg of this tie and managed more shots on target than their opponents.

The draw at WBA means Southampton have won only 1 of their 5 most recent Championship fixtures.

There have been defeats against Cardiff City and Leicester City away plus Stoke City at home. The victory came at Leeds United on the final day of the regular season and was a good 2-1 win.

The stats show Southampton are unbeaten in 17 of their last 20 home matches in all competitions.

They have won 3 of their 4 most recent home Championship games and have scored 2 or more goals in each of those 3 victories.

Southampton have kept just a single clean sheet in their last 9 Championship fixtures on home soil.

WBA make the trip to St. Mary's Stadium on the back of the 0-0 draw at home in the first leg.

WBA would have been hoping to take a lead with them for the second leg but did not do enough in-front of goal to score.

The draw with Southampton means WBA have recorded just a single victory from their 5 most recent Championship fixtures.

The win came over Preston North End at home on the final day of the regular season but there have been defeats against Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday away plus Sunderland at home.

Trends show WBA have won just 1 of their last 7 away matches in all competitions and they have failed to score a goal in 3 of their 5 most recent Championship games.

They have failed to win any of their last 4 away Championship fixtures and WBA have lost each of their last 3 away games against Southampton.

Team news: Southampton are without the injured trio of Stuart Armstrong, Gavin Bazunu, and Juan Larios. There are also doubts over the fitness of Che Adams.

WBA travel without Jayson Molumby and Daryl Dike due to a foot and Achilles injury, respectively.

Southampton must start this game as the favourites, especially with their recent record against WBA. The Saints won both regular season games against The Baggies and our prediction is for Southampton to come out on top in this match, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Pred
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Coef.
Score
Live
coef.
CH
433720
1
2 - 0
2.11
16°
1.80
1.80 3.50 4.33 no no no
FT
3 - 1(0 - 0)
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- - -
Championship Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Leicester City 97 46 31 4 11 48
2
Ipswich Town 96 46 28 12 6 35
3
Leeds United 90 46 27 9 10 38
4
Southampton 87 46 26 9 11 24
5
West Bromwich 75 46 21 12 13 23
6
Norwich City 73 46 21 10 15 15
7
Hull City 70 46 19 13 14 8
8
Middlesbrough 69 46 20 9 17 9
9
Coventry City 64 46 17 13 16 11
10
Preston North End 63 46 18 9 19 -11
11
Bristol City 62 46 17 11 18 2
12
Cardiff City 62 46 19 5 22 -17
13
Millwall 59 46 16 11 19 -10
14
Swansea City 57 46 15 12 19 -6
15
Watford 56 46 13 17 16 0
16
Sunderland 56 46 16 8 22 -2
17
Stoke City 56 46 15 11 20 -11
18
QPR 56 46 15 11 20 -11
19
Blackburn Rovers 53 46 14 11 21 -14
20
Sheffield Wednesday 53 46 15 8 23 -24
21
Plymouth Argyle 51 46 13 12 21 -11
22
Birmingham City 50 46 13 11 22 -15
23
Huddersfield 45 46 9 18 19 -29
24
Rotherham 27 46 5 12 29 -52

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