West Brom v Southampton Predictions and Betting Tips
April 06, 2017
Saturday 8 April – The Hawthorns – Premier League
High-flying West Brom host Southampton at the Hawthorns on Saturday, as Tony Pulis’ side bid to equal their best ever Premier League finish. Despite their impressive eighth place in the table, the Baggies start this one as slight underdogs in the betting.
The two teams are level on head to head past meetings, with 15 wins apiece from 48 games. Earlier this season West Brom came from behind to win 2-1 at St Mary’s, courtesy of goals from Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Pulis will hope that Phillips has recovered from a hamstring problem that’s plagued him since the end of February. The winger played the second half of Tuesday’s defeat against Watford, coming on for James McClean. Up front, the manager has a choice to make between Venezuelan hitman Salomon Rondon and previous match-winner Robson-Kanu.
For Southampton, there are still question marks over the fitness of Manolo Gabbiadini after his groin problem. The Italian hit the ground running after signing from Napoli, and Claude Puel will be hopeful he recovers in time. With Charlie Austin still a few weeks from fitness, Shane Long or Jay Rodriguez could deputise up top.
West Brom v Southampton Preview and Predictions
West Brom are currently eighth in the Premier League, but Southampton have two games in hand. With Everton looking secure for European football in seventh, this game’s a big one in deciding who finishes best of the rest. You could’ve got quite long odds on this of the start of the season.
Despite the loss at Watford, Tony Pulis has done a wonderful job in just over two years at the Hawthorns. An eighth-placed finish would be a great achievement, and would really give the manager something to sell his club to potential recruits in the summer. Win against Southampton, at 2/1, and the Baggies are in a great position with just six games remaining.
Although there’s been a few hiccups lately, including the EFL Cup loss to Manchester United, Southampton come into the game as narrow favourites with the bookmakers. If the Saints win this and the two games in hand they have over the Baggies, they’ll be right in the hunt for eighth place. Puel’s side start this one as 13/8 favourites, while the draw’s at a price of 23/10.
Gabbiadini to score anytime at 9/5
The Italian could come back fit and refreshed after a bit of a break, making this a great price. If you fancy him to bag a hat trick, odds of 80/1 are available.
West Brom to score 2+ goals at 2/1
If you’re predicting Gabbiadini to score but still fancy the Baggies to claim the points, Pulis’ men will need to score at least twice. It’s 7/1 if you think Rondon and co. will bag at least three.