Leeds vs Southampton: Championship play-off final prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds today

Leeds and Southampton meet in the Championship play-off final today with a prized place in the Premier League up for grabs.

Following their respective relegations last term, both second-tier heavyweights will now get the chance to make an immediate comeback to the top-flight by winning the so-called ‘richest game in football’ at Wembley, where they would join champions Leicester and surprise runners-up Ipswich.


Both Leeds and Southampton successfully negotiated home semi-final second-leg ties with relative ease after initial tense but tame goalless draws on the road, with Daniel Farke’s side thumping Norwich 4-0 courtesy of goals from Ilia Gruev, Joel Piroe, Georginio Rutter and Crysencio Summerville - a result which cost Canaries boss David Wagner his job less than 24 hours later.

Leeds will face a tough test in their bid to make it sixth time lucky in the play-offs, with Southampton soaring with confidence after brushing aside West Brom 3-1 thanks to Adam Armstrong’s brace and a Will Smallbone opener at St Mary’s, where crowd clashes after the game marred an otherwise memorable night.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Leeds vs Southampton is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off today on Sunday May 26, 2024.

The Championship play-off final will take place at Wembley Stadium, as usual.

Where to watch Leeds vs Southampton

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. Coverage starts at 2pm BST.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Leeds vs Southampton tickets

Leeds have received an allocation of 35,796 for the east side at Wembley. Southampton, meanwhile, have 35,667 tickets at the west side of the stadium.

All tickets for the game have now sold out, setting up another massive atmosphere at the home of English football just 24 hours after Manchester United’s shock FA Cup final win over Manchester City.

Leeds vs Southampton team news

Leeds XI: Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Kamara, Gruev; Summerville, Rutter, Gnonto; Piroe

Subs: Darlow, Byram, Roberts, Cooper, Shackleton, Anthony, James, Gelhardt, Joseph

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Stephens; Downes, Smallbone, Aribo; Fraser, Armstrong, Brooks

Subs: Lumley, Bree, Mannning, Charles, Rothwell, Edozie, Kamaldeen, Adams, Stewart

Leeds vs Southampton prediction

This is a fascinating, high-profile battle between the sides that finished third and fourth respectively in the Championship this season and will have each been gutted not to earn automatic promotion straight back to the Premier League.

It is a game packed full of fascinating subplots, not least Russell Martin going up against his old Norwich boss Daniel Farke in the dugout.

Play-off finals can often be very nervy and cagey affairs, but we think this’ll buck the trend with plenty of goals between two attacking sides who will be eager to put on a show and prove their readiness to be back in the big time so soon.

Last year’s showpiece was a thrilling affair between Coventry and Luton that went all the way to penalties and we think the same could well happen here, with Leeds maybe just edging proceedings to avenge their successive losses to the Saints and secure another return to the Premier League.

Leeds to win on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Southampton won both league matches between the sides earlier this season, triumphing 3-1 on home soil in September before winning 2-1 at Elland Road on the final day - ending any hope of Leeds snatching automatic promotion in the process.

Leeds have only won one of the last five meetings, a 1-0 victory in the Premier League at Elland Road in February 2023.

Leeds wins: 48

Southampton wins: 30

Draws: 22

Leeds vs Southampton match odds

Leeds to win: 5/4

Southampton to win: 9/4

Draw (90 mins): 23/10

Odds via bet365 (subject to change).