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West Brom vs Southampton: Baggies to edge relegation battle

West Brom vs Southampton Match Preview and Predictions

West Brom head into this relegation battle propping up the Premier League table but just three points off Southampton and 11/10 to beat the drop.

The Baggies' unbeaten run of three wins and a draw in all competitions came to an end with an expected 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday, a fate befalling every visitor to the Etihad this season except Everton.

The pressure on Mauricio Pellegrino increases by the week after a 1-1 draw with Brighton extended Southampton's winless run to 12 matches.

Match-up history

Southampton needed an incredible solo goal by Sofiane Boufal five minutes from time to win October's encounter and they are 21/10 to complete the double but the momentum has swung the way of West Brom since Tony Pulis left the club.

The Baggies may be bottom of the league but the form graphic shows the sides have produced a similar amount of quality goals in attack and Saints are conceding almost twice as many chances in defence.

With Jay Rodriguez in a hot streak and Daniel Sturridge brought in to boost the Baggies' strikeforce, the first of our West Brom vs Southampton predictions is for West Brom to win at 6/4.

Team news

Jonny Evans could return to the heart of West Brom's defence following a hamstring injury and Sturridge may make his home debut. Fellow new arrival Ali Gabr could also feature.

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini picked up a slight hip injury during the draw with Brighton and will be assessed.

Match facts

Rodriguez has been in excellent form for Alan Pardew's side and looks well priced at 2/1 to score any time against his former team.

The ex-Burnley striker bagged 26 goals in 66 appearances for Saints and has five from his last seven across all competitions for West Brom, including an excellent double in the FA Cup win at Liverpool.

The last of our football predictions is for the Baggies to win and both teams to score at 5/1. Six of Southampton's last seven matches have seen goals at both ends and their defence has been allowing an xG average of nearly 2.0 a match.

Stoke have the worst defensive xG in the Premier League at 1.92, so Saints look vulnerable at the back.

Betting tips and predictions

West Brom to beat Southampton @ 6/4

Jay Rodriguez to score any time @ 2/1

West Brom to win and both teams to score @ 5/1

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football