Not to be relegated West Brom 18/1 Southampton 1/1000
It mostly depends on Fulham, of course. And at the moment they are in pieces. You'd think everyone above Fulham will be safe. But can Allardyce claim his million pound survival bonus by springing a late late show? His traveling sideshow pitched up at Chelsea last week and put on a first-class freak show that saw him run out a 5-2 winner.
Here he is speaking just now :
“Let’s focus on winning but not going all out, not going gung-ho, doing it with the right stability, and the right stability has been from a good solid defensive unit playing the right way to create opportunities to attack when we win the ball back. We need to win this game, a draw is no use to us based on the four points Newcastle have picked up over the last two games. So let’s try to win and stay in touch if we can.”
Yet another 2 minute silence but now the ref signals the start of play. West Brom in their bar code tops look like rejects from the Pound/Dollar store. Can Southampton turn in a decent performance here? You wanna see Allardyce squirm. But he won't, he never does, long as he gets his paydirt all is well.
The commentator reveals that the VAR decision for the offside goal was defaulted to the original linesman decision because the lines on their screens are playing up. Faulty VAR lines. You can't make this up.
Southampton have been threatening to pull one back but it's West Brom who have potted the third. Robinson broke in midfield on '69, got past his man and slid a low one past Forster for 3-0. A sucker punch for Saints.
West Brom's Maitland-Niles is down and about to be stretchered off. He went up for a challenge and landed in pain. He's surrounded by staff. No, no, he's up, no stretcher, he's walking off unassisted. That's a relief for West Brom as initially it looked very serious and they can't afford to be without Niles for the rest of the season as their revival and escape to victory threatens to take shape.
An impressive performance for 3-0. West Brom move to within two points of Fulham and eight points of Newcastle and Brighton, the latter playing DrKrippen's favourite prediction team Everton a bit later. Southampton's next outing is the FA Cup semi versus Leicester at the weekend.