Leeds United vs Southampton: Preview, predictions and lineups

  • Leeds and Southampton meet in the Championship play-off final on Sunday
  • Immediate return to Premier League the prize for winners at Wembley
  • Saints beat Whites on final day of the league season

Leeds United take on Southampton in the Championship play-off final with an immediate return to the Premier League the reward for the victors on Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium.

The Whites and the Saints are seeking to rejoin the top flight after their relegations in 2022/23 but only one of them will be able to join Leicester City and Ipswich Town at the elite level next term.

United finished three points ahead of Southampton, who picked up wins in both of their meetings this season.

Here's 90min's preview ahead of Sunday's defining encounter at Wembley.

What time does Leeds United vs Southampton kick-off?

  • Location: London, England
  • Stadium: Wembley Stadium
  • Date: Sunday 26 May
  • Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
  • Referee: John Brooks
  • VAR: Jarred Gillet

Leeds United vs Southampton H2H Record (Last Five Games)

  • Leeds United: 1 win
  • Southampton: 2 wins
  • Draws: 2
  • Last meeting: Leeds United 1-2 Southampton (4 May 2024) - Championship

Current form (all competitions)

Leeds United


Leeds United 4-0 Norwich City - 16/05/24

Southampton 3-1 West Bromwich Albion - 17/05/24

Norwich City 0-0 Leeds United - 12/05/24

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton - 12/05/24

Leeds United 1-2 Southampton - 04/05/24

Leeds United 1-2 Southampton - 04/05/24

Queens Park Rangers 4-0 Leeds United - 26/04/24

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City - 27/04/24

Middlesbrough 3-4 Leeds United - 22/04/24

Leicester City 5-0 Southampton - 23/04/24

How to watch Leeds United vs Southampton on TV and live stream


TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

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

United States

ESPN+, SiriusXM FC


DAZN Canada

Leeds United team news

Georginio Rutter, Crysencio Summerville
Leeds thrashed Norwich to reach the final / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Leeds crushed Norwich City 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final and manager Daniel Farke is unlikely to tinker with that starting XI too much on Sunday.

The German has, however, confirmed striker Patrick Bamford will play no part, while centre-back Pascal Struijk is also unavailable.

Leeds United predicted lineup vs Southampton

Leeds United predicted lineup vs Southampton (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Gruev, Kamara; Gnonto, Rutter, Summerville; Piroe.

Southampton team news

Che Adams
Adams is expected to start after recovering from injury / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Southampton have been sweating over the fitness of striker Che Adams in the build-up to the weekend's clash. The Scotland international missed the two games against West Bromwich Albion but Saints boss Russell Martin has confirmed both he and Ross Stewart have recovered and are in contention to play.

Gavin Bazunu, Juan Larios and Stuart Armstrong have been long-term absentees at St Mary's and won't feature in the play-off final.

Southampton predicted lineup vs Leeds United

Southampton predicted lineup vs Leeds United (3-5-2): McCarthy; Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Stephens; Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Downes, Aribo, Manning; Armstrong, Adams.

Leeds United vs Southampton score prediction

Leeds weren't quite strong enough to usurp Ipswich and earn automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, but their mauling of Norwich in the semi-final second leg means Farke's side will be bristling with confidence.

Three defeats on the spin looked to have set Southampton up horrendously for the play-offs but they won at Leeds on the final day and the mental advantage of having two victories in their pocket from the teams' two encounters cannot be understated.

Both clubs are desperate to join Leicester in returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but it could be Southampton who score a third win over Leeds this season to return to the promised land.

Prediction: Leeds United 1-2 Southampton