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Southampton vs West Brom (0-0) LIVE Commentary: Saints and Baggies set to battle for final spot at Wembley – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Southampton host West Brom on the south coast later this week for the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

The first leg at the Hawthorns ended goalless, with both teams desperate to avoid defeat and left with a mountain to climb.

Saints are favorites to get the job done at home

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Saints are favorites to get the job done at homeCredit: Getty

But it will be Russell Martin’s side who will feel more confident ahead of the second game in front of their home fans.

Carlos Corberan hopes his side can stay compact and hit the hosts on the counter-attack to seal a place in the play-off final at Wembley against Leeds or Norwich.

Southampton vs West Brom: home advantage

A 0-0 away draw in a Championship play-off semi-final is never a bad result, and it’s even better when you’re playing a team who have picked up 49 points at home.

West Brom’s play-off bid was built on their excellent record at the Hawthorns, while they struggled on the road.

Meanwhile, Southampton were as good at home as they were away, collecting 48 points at St Mary’s and 39 away.

So, they will feel very confident to get the job done and seal a place in the play-off final against a team who have won just six away matches all year.

Southampton have only lost five home games all year

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Southampton have only lost five home games all year
  • Southampton have lost just one of their last nine meetings with West Bromwich Albion in all competitions (W7 D1), losing 0-3 in the Premier League in April 2021.
  • West Bromwich Albion have won just two of their last 27 away matches against Southampton in all competitions (D8 L17), losing each of their last three such visits in a row since a 2-1 win in the Premier League in December 2016.
  • Only Leeds (14) and Ipswich (12) have won more league games in 2024 than Southampton (11 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses), although the Saints have failed to win four of their last eight matches at home of the regular season (1 draw, 3 defeats).

Southampton vs West Brom: team news

The hosts expect Che Adams to return from injury in time to feature in this match.

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Elsewhere, Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu remains out, but striker Ross Stewart is fully fit and could start.

Meanwhile, the Baggies, on the other hand, have problems up front, with Daryl Dike and Josh Maja both suffering injuries.

Jayson Molumby and Daryl Dike are also long-term absentees and will not play any roles.

Adams should be back

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Adams should be backCredit: Getty
Ed Sheeran meets with the Ipswich squad to plan a Premier League promotion night while the players celebrate in the dressing room.
  • West Brom are looking to reach their third Football League play-off final in their fifth year, having done so in 1993 (third tier) and 2007 (championship). Indeed, they have failed to progress in two of their three Second Division semi-finals, the last against Aston Villa in 2019.
  • Only Huddersfield (1), Birmingham (1) and Rotherham (0) have won fewer away league games in 2024 ahead of the play-offs than West Brom (2), with the Baggies failing to win any of their last four games of that type. campaign (D2 L2).
  • Southampton’s Adam Armstrong has been involved in more league goals in home games than any other player in 2023-24 (20 – 12 goals, 8 assists), including the winner in this exact match when these teams met. met at St. Mary’s in November.

Southampton vs West Brom: what was said?

Saints boss Martin owed a debt to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for keeping the first leg at 0-0.

Praising the 34-year-old, Martin said: “He’s been great.

“He was huge today, (he had great) long throws and the way he came in and handled things. The last two weeks, I loved the way we defended.

“I just don’t think anything is going to put him in trouble. He’s got that laid back mentality, but he really backs himself up as a goalie.

“He was fantastic.”

West Brom start this match as underdogs

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West Brom start this match as underdogsCredit: Getty

Southampton vs West Brom: date and how to follow

This Championship play-off semi-final will take place on Friday May 17.

Kick-off at St Mary’s is scheduled for 8 p.m.

talkSPORT will have live coverage from the south coast, with Hugh Woozencroft as presenter.

Comments will then come from Jim Proudfoot and former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton.

talkSPORT.com will also have all the reactions.

To tune in to talkSPORT via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, via your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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