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Play-Off semi-final second leg | Southampton v Albion preview

Southampton & WBA badges on the home kit match preview graphic with an image of Jed Wallace smiling at the camera in the home shirt

West Bromwich Albion and Southampton go to battle at St Mary's Stadium in the second leg of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off semi final on Friday night (ko 8pm).

The two sides drew 0-0 in the first encounter at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, with both teams creating decent opportunities to take an advantage down to the south coast. 

Saints won the league match 2-1 at this weekend's venue back in November 2023. Will Smallbone and Adam Armstrong scored for the hosts that day, with Kyle Bartley on target at the other end. 

A general view of St Mary's Stadium at night time
St Mary's Stadium is the venue for Friday night's showdown

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's crucial clash with the Saints.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from St Mary's Stadium, with coverage starting at 7.50pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Thursday afternoon onwards.

Supporters are kindly asked to direct any questions or complaints about WBA TV or WBA Radio to

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Regular updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the day and night.

WBA TV matchday information graphic featuring Brandon Thomas-Asante cheering and Jed Wallace throwing popcorn.

The opponents

Southampton head into Friday's fixture at St Mary's Stadium having picked up 15 Sky Bet Championship victories in their 23 matches there this season. 

The Saints scored 54 league goals in front of their own supporters in 2023/24, a tally bettered only by runners-up Ipswich Town (59).

Russell Martin's men suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City in their most recent match at St Mary's - a result which ended their five-game unbeaten run on their own turf. 

They scored three goals or more in 10 of their 23 home matches this term, but kept just six clean sheets, recording just one in their last nine on the south coast. 

This weekend's showdown with the Albion will be just the second time the club has played a home leg in the Play-Offs. Saints suffered a 2-1 reverse against Derby County in the first leg in 2007, before eventually losing on penalties to the side who beat the Baggies at Wembley. 

Kyle Walker-Peters, Adam Armstrong and Taylor Harwood-Bellis celebrate a Southampton goal while wearing their home kit
The Saints were clinical at home during the 2023/24 season

One to remember

Albion earned a 3-0 Premier League triumph at St Mary's Stadium in April 2013.

Marc-Antoine Fortune scored first inside the opening ten minutes. Romelu Lukaku made it 2-0 with just over 20 left on the clock and Shane Long slotted in a third close to the end of the encounter.

Supporters can watch the highlights below.

The last five

Albion 0-0 Southampton

May 12 2024, Sky Bet Championship Play-Off semi-final first leg


Albion 0-2 Southampton

February 16 2024, Sky Bet Championship


Southampton 2-1 Albion

November 11 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 3-0 Southampton

April 12 2021, Premier League


Southampton 2-0 Albion

October 4 2020, Premier League

West Bromwich Albion players shake hands with the Southampton players for the play-off match at The Hawthorns
Albion will be hoping to secure their first win against Southampton this season

Did you know?

Albion have won three of the four second leg ties they've played in the Play-Offs. 

The Baggies beat Swansea City 2-0 at The Hawthorns in the Division Two semi-final in 1993 thanks to goals from Andy Hunt and Ian Hamilton - goals which secured a 3-2 aggregate victory. 

In 2001 Gary Megson's men were beaten 3-0 by Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in a Division One tie.

Albion defeated local rivals Wolves 1-0 at The Hawthorns in the Championship in 2007. Kevin Phillips' header sealed a 4-2 triumph oh aggregate.

Finally, in 2019, Craig Dawson's header earned a 1-0 win against Aston Villa in B71. 

Craig Dawson celebrates scoring against Aston Villa in the play-offs in 2019
Craig Dawson was the last player to score for Albion in the Play-Offs in 2019

Ticket details

Tickets for Albion's fixture at St Mary's Stadium against Southampton have sold out.

Carlos Corberán's team will be bouyed by 2,000 Baggies down on the south coast.

Thank you for your super support! 

A general view of Albion fans applauding the players

Travel colours

The Albion will wear their home colours in the Play-Off semi-final second leg at St Mary's Stadium.

Carlos Corberán's men donned the same kit the last time they came up against the Saints down on the south coast. 

The last time Albion wore their home colours on their travels was at Leicester City in April.

Buy the home kit here.

Tom Fellows in action for Albion at St Mary's Stadium against Southampton wearing the home kit
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