Southampton vs West Brom: Preview, predictions and lineups

  • Southampton host West Brom in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final
  • First leg ended goalless between the two ex-Premier League sides
  • Both teams desperate to book a place in the play-off final at Wembley

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

After a goalless draw from the first leg, both sides are vying for a spot in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on 26 May, with Southampton looking for a Premier League return at the first time of asking and West Brom fighting for re-entry into the top flight after a three-season absence.

Given the Saints finished fourth in the table during the regular season - 12 points ahead of West Brom a place below them - they will be favourites for Friday's clash on the south coast. While the first leg finished all square in the Midlands, Southampton won both league matches, including a 2-1 win at St Mary's Stadium last November.

Here's 90min's preview of the game.

What time does Southampton vs West Brom kick-off?

  • Location: Southampton, England
  • Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
  • Date: Friday 17 May
  • Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
  • Referee: Tim Robinson

Southampton vs West Brom H2H record (Last Five Games)

  • Southampton: 3 wins
  • West Brom: 1 win
  • Draws: 1
  • Last meeting: West Brom 0-0 Southampton (12 May 2024) - Championship play-offs

Current form (all competitions)


West Brom

West Brom 0-0 Southampton - 12/05/24

West Brom 0-0 Southampton - 12/05/24

Leeds 1-2 Southampton - 04/05/24

West Brom 3-0 Preston - 04/05/24

Southampton 0-1 Stoke - 27/04/24

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

Leicester 5-0 Southampton - 23/04/24

Leicester 2-1 West Brom - 20/04/24

Cardiff 2-1 Southampton - 20/04/24

West Brom 0-1 Sunderland - 13/04/24

How to watch Southampton vs West Brom on TV and live stream


TV channel / live stream

United Kingdom

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

United States




Southampton team news

Che Adams
Che Adams missed the first leg / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Russel Martin has several injury concerns ahead of West Brom's visit, with goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu sidelined with an Achilles issue and Juan Larios also missing with a hamstring problem.

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

Southampton predicted lineup vs West Brom

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

West Brom team news

Carlos Corberan
Carlos Corberan doesn't have many injury woes / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

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

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

West Brom predicted lineup vs Southampton

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

Southampton vs West Brom score prediction

West Brom's away record is far less impressive than their home record this season, with the Baggies potentially coming unstuck against a Southampton side that won both league meetings this term.

It is likely to be a tight and nervy affair, as is so often on the case in play-off matches, but Southampton's extra quality makes them favourites to battle past an Albion side capable of the sublime or the ridiculous.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 West Brom