The Hawthorns, Sandwell, England
Key Stat: West Bromwich Albion boss Sam Allardyce has never been relegated from the Premier League
Expert Verdict: West Brom looked dead and buried before last week’s shock 5-2 win at Stamford Bridge. They will need another three points from this game for some of their fans to believe the impossible may just about be possible. For Southampton, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side have fallen away badly in the second half of the season and only bottom of the table Sheffield United have picked up less points in the last 10 games. However, they returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Burnley in their last match.
It’s 19th v 14th in this fixture with the Baggies in need of a win to make it successive victories for the first time this season. A win for West Brom would see them move up to 24 points with 7 games remaining, a defeat or even a draw would probably mean that their realistic hopes of survival are over. For the Saints, a win would take them to 39 points, 13 points clear of Fulham in 18th and secure in the knowledge that they will be in the top flight again next season. The Premier League match takes place on April 12 and the live action at The Hawthorns kicks off at 18:00 local time.
Defenders:Darnell Furlong, Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi, Conor Townsend
Midfielders:Matt Phillips, Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Costa Pereira
Defenders:Kyle Walker Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders:Theo Walcott, James Ward Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo, Stuart Armstrong
Forwards:Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings
Southampton have won the last five fixtures between the two sides, meaning you have to go back to New Years Eve 2016 for the last time the Baggies won. When they met earlier in the season, the Saints ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Moussa Djenepo in the first half and Oriol Romeu on 69 minutes. The overall record between the teams was remarkably close before Southampton embarked on their current run, they lead the head to head 32-24 with 24 draws.
Southampton are favourites and can be backed at 6/5 with 10Bet to win
Both teams to score has been set at 31/40 with Betway
Danny Ings is 6/4 with 10Bet to score at any time
West Brom’s form under Sam Allardyce has been such that successive wins seem even more unlikely than the original victory away at high-flying Chelsea. Southampton have been equally fallible, but their win from 2-0 down last week could well be the turning point for them. We are backing Southampton to snatch three points at The Hawthorns.