Championship

The Hawthorns

Wednesday 3rd November 2021 -  20:00
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West Bromwich Albion will be targeting an instant response to Saturday’s defeat at Fulham when Hull City come to town on Wednesday night (ko 8pm).

The Baggies slipped to a 3-0 reverse in the capital, keeping them third in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Visitors Hull are back in the second tier following promotion from League One last season, coming up as champions having finished two points above Peterborough United.

This week’s guests have had a difficult start to life back in the Championship, picking up 9 points from their 15 matches, form which will see them arrive at The Hawthorns occupying one of the bottom three spots in the division.

Albion are back in action at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night

How to follow the game

Fans based in the UK and overseas can watch Wednesday's clash live on WBA TV.

A video match pass is available for £10 and will include live video coverage of the game from 7.45pm with Baggies-biased commentary.

Overseas seasonal and monthly video subscribers will automatically get access to the stream, but audio subscribers who would like to watch the game will need to buy a match pass. Audio subscribers can choose to listen to the game as part of their existing package.

To buy your match pass click here.

To watch live go to https://www.wba.co.uk/video/live from 7.45pm on Wednesday, or open the West Bromwich Albion app and look for the red LIVE button.

WBA TV Matchday

Opposition

Hull City will be hoping to halt a run of four consecutive Sky Bet Championship defeats at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.

The Tigers have lost out by one-goal margins in their last three games, losing to Coventry, Luton and Peterborough, leaving them on nine points from their first 15 games.

Last season’s Sky Bet League One champions finished bottom of the Championship in 2019/20 and boss Grant McCann will be desperate to keep his side in the second tier this term.

The former Northern Ireland international, who played with Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley at Windsor Park, was appointed in June 2019 and has been both relegated and promoted in his two years at the club.

McCann featured heavily for Cheltenham Town, Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United during his playing days, before switching to the dugout in 2015. He managed both Posh and Doncaster Rovers previous to his role at Hull, with whom he has won 47, drawn 27 and lost 49 of his 123 matches in charge. 

The Tigers will set their sights on celebrating at The Hawthorns

Classic match

Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and James Morrison were all on target for Albion in a 3-1 win over Hull City in January, 2017.

The Tigers went ahead in the first half thanks to a Robert Snodgrass goal, but the Baggies fought back to claim three Premier League points at The Hawthorns.

Did you know?

There have been 15 goals scored between West Bromwich Albion and Hull City in the last three meetings at The Hawthorns.

Albion have won all three - 3-1 in January 2017, 3-2 in April 2019 and 4-2 in July 2020.

Charlie Austin celebrates scoring against the Tigers in 2020

Read all about it

Robert Snodgrass is the main feature for Wednesday night’s edition of Albion News, as he discusses the challenges he's overcome during his time at the Baggies.

Get the full lowdown from Snoddy’s interview along with columns from the gaffer and skipper Jake Livermore, while the academy section sees Jamie Soule and Under-18s boss Peter Gilbert provide their thoughts on the season so far.

Programmes will be available for purchase in and around the ground on Wednesday. Alternatively, you can secure your copy online here.

LV BET’s latest odds

Albion are the favourites at 2/5 (1.40) to beat Hull City on Wednesday. 

Having gone 13 years unbeaten at home to Hull, LV BET has West Bromwich Albion at 47/20 (3.35) to win with both sides scoring, and at 21/4 (6.25) to end the day with a solid 2-0 win in front of their fans.

If you’re looking to back a lethal finisher, Callum Robinson is at 27/20 (2.35) to find the net at any time, with Karlan Grant also in the mix at 7/1 (8.00) to add two more goals to his tally of seven. 

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Albion extended their unbeaten home run in the Sky Bet Championship with a hard-fought victory over Hull City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night.

Chances were at a premium during the first 45, but Karlan Grant seized on his opportunity during a dominant second half to seal an important three points for the Baggies.

Valérien Ismaël made four changes to the side which lost to Fulham on Saturday, including first league starts for Kean Bryan and Taylor Gardner-Hickman, while Callum Robinson and Cedric Kipre also came into the XI.

The first half saw few chances created, but the ones which threatened to open the scoring fell the way of the Baggies.

Gardner-Hickman enjoyed a confident start to proceedings and good play between the wing-back and Robinson nearly created the game’s first goal. The Republic of Ireland international fizzed a low ball into the box which Phillips connected with well, but his effort bounced back off the post before Grant’s rebound was palmed behind by City keeper Matt Ingram.

Chances did fall Robinson’s way towards the end of the half when he cleverly worked space for a shot inside the box, but recovering Hull defenders prevented him finding the net.

Albion dominance continued as half-time approached and more good movement nearly allowed Phillips to reach a well-worked Conor Townsend cross. Sadly, his header flashed just wide as the game stayed level going in at the interval.

Energy and commitment were on show again after the break for Ismaël’s men and the introduction of Adam Reach added creativity to Albion’s play in the final third as Robinson and Grant benefitted from the substitute's inviting crosses. But City keeper Ingram was alert to tip their efforts away from danger.

However, the hosts found their way past City’s resistance when a great interception by skipper Jake Livermore allowed Robinson to put the ball on a plate for Grant, who confidently smashed the ball home to give the Baggies the goal they’d been pushing for.

Things nearly got even better when a lovely through ball from Kipre put goalscorer Grant through one-on-one with the Hull keeper. But the Albion’s No.18 dragged his chance wide to spare the away side’s blushes after a lapse in concentration.

Sam Johnstone was forced into action as the game drew to a close, tipping two goal-bound efforts around the post. But the Baggies navigated the final minutes well to secure all three points on home soil.

Albion: Johnstone; Kipre, Clarke, Bryan (Reach 40); Gardner-Hickman, Livermore, Snodgrass, Townsend; Phillips (Hugill 63), Robinson (Diangana 88), Grant.

Substitutes: Button, Taylor, Ajayi, Molumby.

Attendance: 19,659