Championship

The Hawthorns

Saturday 22nd January 2022 -  15:00
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Albion welcome Peterborough United to The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon for their latest Sky Bet Championship fixture (ko 3pm).

The Baggies will want to bounce back from last weekend's last-gasp defeat at QPR and record their first victory of 2022.

Visitors Peterborough sit inside the bottom three having won just one of their last 10 league matches. They do, however, have games in hand on the sides directly above them in the table.

Saturday's clash is the first league meeting between the sides in B71 since Boxing Day in 2009.

Junction 10 of the M6 will be closed northbound from 11pm Friday
The Baggies are back on home soil on Saturday

How to follow the game

Fans in the UK can listen to live Baggies-biased commentary from The Hawthorns from 2.45pm and then enjoy a full-match replay on Sunday.

Current subscribers don’t need to do anything else, but if you don’t have a seasonal or monthly subscription, you can click here to buy a match pass for £2.50.

Supporters based outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland can watch the match live on WBA TV. Supporters without a current subscription can buy a match pass for £10 here.

The game will be available to watch or listen live here from 2.45 on Saturday. Alternatively, open the free to download West Bromwich Albion app to follow.

WBA TV Matchday

Opposition

Peterborough United head to The Hawthorns hoping to become the first Championship side to beat the Baggies in their own back yard.

Posh's return to the second tier of English football hasn't gone as smoothly as they would have liked and sit inside the bottom three ahead of their trip to the West Midlands. 

Darren Ferguson's side have lost more games than any other team in the division (15) and have won just one of their last ten league matches.

Peterborough have struggled on their travels too, losing 11 of their 12 trips, winning the other at Hull City in the middle of October.

But having played less games than the sides above them in the table, and with those teams still well within touching distance, Peterborough United will know they have more than enough time to turn their season around and secure Championship football again for the 2022/23 campaign. 

Posh have played just one league fixture in 2022 after a number of postponements owing to COVID-19, last weekend's disappointing 4-1 defeat on home soil to Coventry City. Ferguson will be demanding an improvement against Albion. 

Darren Ferguson will be determined to drag Peterborough away from danger

Classic clash

Albion beat Posh 3-0 at The Hawthorns in the 1993/94 campaign.

Bob Taylor's headed brace and Gary Strodder's strike secured all three points.

Did you know?

The 2021/22 campaign is just the fourth in which Albion and Peterborough United have been in the same division.

The two sides came up against each other in 1991/22 in the old Division Three, in 1993/94 in Division One and again in 2009/10 in the Championship.

In the seven previous league meetings, Albion have won five, drawn one and lost one against Posh.

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Semi Ajayi celebrates his late winner against Peterborough back in August

Additional information

The UK Government has introduced legislation which requires everyone aged 18 and over - at sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 people - to provide proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test when entering stadia from Wednesday, December 15 onwards. Tests must have been undertaken no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off. 

The legislation means all adults attending the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Peterborough United will be required to present an NHS COVID pass on entry. Passes will be mandatory for as long as they are a legal requirement. 

Fans are advised to download the NHS mobile app, if they have not already done so, to familiarise themselves with the relevant processes. For more information on the NHS app, click here

In addition, supporters aged 11 and over will be required to wear face coverings while in an indoor setting at The Hawthorns. The Government introduced new rules last week which require with fans to wear masks while inside concourses and indoor hospitality areas.

Supporters are encouraged to visit wba.co.uk/covid to keep up to date with the requirements to attend The Hawthorns. 

Click here for frequently asked question and further details.

Read all about it

Albion News will remember legendary forward Jeff Astle to mark 20 years since his passing in this weekend’s Peterborough programme.

A total of 14 pages have been dedicated to 'The King', who bagged 174 goals during a 10-year spell at The Hawthorns, as we reflect on a number of iconic moments in his Baggies career.

Click here to find out what else is in Saturday's copy and how you can buy it.

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Saturday's Albion News front cover

LV BET's latest odds

Albion come in as the firm favourites at 3/10 (1.30) to win their Championship fixture against Peterborough United at The Hawthorns.

In the last 10 meetings with Peterborough, the Baggies have recorded six wins, scoring at least two goals in six of those games. We’ve got the home side to score over 1.5 goals at 1/2 (1.50), and a West Bromwich Albion win with over 2.5 total goals available at 16/15 (2.07).

Daryl Dike leads the LV BET goalscorer market and comes in at 23/20 (2.15) to grab a goal on his home debut. Callum Robinson measures up at 5/4 (2.25) to make his mark, while Karlan Grant is at 13/10 (2.30) to net his 10th goal of the season.

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Albion scored three late goals to beat Peterborough 3-0 at The Hawthorns in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Following a goalless first-half, which the Baggies dominated, Darnell Furlong, Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana netted winners in the final 12 minutes in front of the Birmingham Road End to earn a valuable three points.

The result ensures Valérien Ismaël’s team sit alongside Liverpool as the only teams still unbeaten on their own patch in the Premier League and EFL at home this season.

The boss made three changes for Peterborough’s visit as Kyle Bartley and Matt Clarke returned to the defence and Daryl Dike was brought in for his first start.

And Albion’s new striker was inches away from opening the scoring inside 10 minutes, glancing Furlong’s whipped cross just wide.

His next opportunity was also the Baggies’ next opportunity – this time Jake Livermore’s long-range shot was deflected into the American international’s path, but his side-footed effort was straight at Posh goalkeeper Steven Benda.

Moments later Cédric Kipré curled a great ball into the 6-yard box for Dike to attack, with his fierce header going narrowly over as Albion had their best spell of the first-half.

Adam Reach saw a low drive well blocked, as did Livermore, in the closing stages of the opening period – but it remained goalless at the break.

Shortly after the interval Dike was forced off with an injury, Diangana his replacement.

The attacker almost made an immediate impact – a clever one-two setting up a chance on the edge of the box – however his curling shot was saved by Benda.

Matt Phillips nodded a Furlong corner wide before Callum Robinson and Jayson Molumby were introduced with 15 minutes left, and Albion continued to push for a goal.

And, finally, the first arrived when a corner caused chaos in the Peterborough area and Furlong was on hand to smash a shot home, potentially via the body of fellow Baggies defender Kipré.

Immediately the lead was doubled and quickly tripled, Grant and Diangana both racing through to finish fantastically one after the other, causing good scenes of celebration around The Hawthorns and securing a well-earned victory against the Posh.

Albion: Button; Kipré, Bartley, Clarke (Robinson 74); Furlong, Livermore, Reach, Townsend; Phillips (Molumby 74), Dike (Diangana 53), Grant (Fellows 90).

Substitutes: Palmer, Taylor, Gardner-Hickman.

Attendance: 21,251.