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West Brom v Southampton: Tips, Predictions and Odds

West Brom will go in search of a sixth successive Championship home victory on Friday as Southampton hope to bounce back from a 3-1 midweek loss at Bristol City.

With the two sides in the top five in the second tier, promotion remains a viable aim for both so Friday's clash at the Hawthorns is another big game in the Championship.

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West Brom v Southampton betting tips and predictions

Draw – 5/2

The race for the play-off places is getting tight in the Championship and while Southampton will have loftier ambitions with second-placed Leeds within touching distance, they will have to concentrate on better defending when they head to West Brom on Friday. 

While the Baggies have won their last five home matches, Leeds have been the only team in the promotion shake-up that they have seen off in that run and Russell Martin’s men will be no pushovers. 

Saints have something to prove after falling to a 3-1 defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday, but that was their first away league defeat since 23rd September and ended a club-record 25-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

However, with five stalemates in their last 10 on the road, it would not be a surprise if they bounced back from that rare loss to at least claim another draw in this one.

Under 2.5 goals – 9/10

A tight battle looks likely and the signs are that there may not be many goals in Friday’s clash. 

Albion’s defending has been resolute on their own patch as they have conceded just once in five straight home victories and the Saints can usually be relied upon to keep things tight at the back on their travels, even though they conceded three times in midweek. 

That was the first time in eight road matches that they have conceded more than once and seven of their last nine away games have featured fewer than three goals. 

Plenty is at stake in a key battle in the Championship play-off picture and both sides could play it cagey to begin with, meaning that the pattern of under 2.5 goals could continue on Friday.

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West Brom v Southampton odds

West Brom - 19/10

Draw - 5/2

Southampton - 11/8

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