Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion prediction and betting tips - May 17, 2024
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Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion prediction and betting tips - May 17, 2024

Tournament: Championship
Location: St. Mary's Stadium
Match date: 17.05.2024

In the second leg of the playoff for promotion to the English Premier League on May 17, 2024, Southampton will face West Bromwich Albion. Both teams will be striving to secure a win to advance to the final playoff stage. A victory by any scoreline will suffice for either team to progress.

Key statistics and trends:

  • Southampton has won 15 out of 23 home matches this season.
  • West Bromwich Albion has earned 26 points from 23 away games.
  • The most common scoreline between the clubs is 1-0 in favor of Southampton (5 times, including three times at this venue).

Southampton - Form analysis: Results have been fairly mediocre

The "Saints" were relegated from the Premier League last year alongside Leicester and Leeds. Their performance has been less impressive compared to the other two and they never seriously contended for a direct return to the Premier League by finishing in the top two of the Championship. Additionally, they suffered three consecutive defeats in the spring. However, by then, it was clear they were assured of a playoff spot. They managed to win their final regular-season match against Leeds. At home on Sunday, they neither scored nor conceded.

West Bromwich Albion - Form analysis: Corberán's work has yielded further progress

The "Baggies" have had periodic promotions to the Premier League but struggled to maintain a stable position there. Stuck in the Championship, they had a poor start to last season, prompting the appointment of the Spanish manager. He improved the team's performance, but they narrowly missed out on the top six in 2023, falling short by just one victory. Progress continued this season, and by spring, it was evident they needed to prepare for the playoffs. Like their opponents, they lost three times in the final rounds but finished strong with a comprehensive victory over Preston.

Southampton: Team news

Armstrong, Bazunu, and Larios remain unavailable.

West Bromwich Albion: Team news

Molumby and Dike are still injured.

Possible starting lineups for Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion:

Southampton (possible lineup): McCarthy - Stephens, Bednarek, Harwood-Bellis, Walker-Peters - Manning, Downes, Smallbone, Aribo - Adams, Armstrong

West Bromwich Albion (possible lineup): Palmer - Townsend, Kipré, Bartley, Furlong - Mowatt, Yokuslu, Diangana, Fellows, Johnstone - Thomas-Asante

Previous matches

The clubs have played in different divisions for several years. However, in the 2023/2024 Championship season, Southampton defeated West Bromwich Albion twice.

Free prediction for the Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion match on May 17:

The "Saints" are rightly considered favorites. However, given the high stakes of the match, it is likely to be a cautious affair. A sensible bet would be on "total goals under 2.5" (odds - 1.833).