The Hawthorns

Monday 8th August 2022 -  20:00
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Albion welcome Watford to The Hawthorns on Monday night for their first home fixture of the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship campaign (ko 8pm).

The Baggies earned a hard-fought point up at Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season, with John Swift scoring on his debut.

Visitors Watford are back in the second tier having suffered relegation from the Premier League last term.

The Hornets made a solid start last Monday night though, beating Sheffield United 1-0 at Vicarage Road thanks to Joao Pedro's second-half strike.

Albion return to league action at The Hawthorns on Monday night

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WBA Radio duo Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from The Hawthorns as the Baggies look to secure their first victory of the campaign.

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Our opponents 

Watford will be after an instant return to the Premier League this season after enduring a challenging 2021/22 campaign in the top flight of English football.

The Hornets finished 19th on just 23 points, one ahead of bottom club Norwich City, however optimism and expectation rose once again following the appointment of new boss Rob Edwards in the summer.

The former right-back, who turned out for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers during his playing days, won the Sky Bet League Two title with Forest Green Rovers last term and is highly regarded as one of the most exciting young managers in the EFL.

He's got an abundance of ability at his disposal too, naming exciting attacking trio Joao Pedro, Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr in his starting XI for their opening win over Sheffield United at Vicarage Road. Not bad for a Championship front three at all.

Watford are one of the favourites for promotion, with Baggies boss Steve Bruce saying his side "couldn't have asked for a more difficult first home game of the season".

Rob Edwards in the new man in charge of the Hornets

From the Albion Archive

Albion and Watford last met at The Hawthorns in the Championship in October 2009, with the Baggies running out emphatic 5-0 winners.

Jonas Olsson, Graham Dorrans, Luke Moore, Gianni Zuiverloon and Simon Cox all found the net that afternoon.

One for the stattos

Albion will be looking to secure just their third win in ten games against Watford on Monday night. 

The Hornets, however, have tasted victory at The Hawthorns in just one of their last ten visits. Ben Watson's solitary goal in the Premier League in 2016 was their only victory in B71 in their last ten attempts. 

The Baggies beat Watford 3-1 at The Hawthorns in December 2016

Additional information

Albion will pay tribute to 1968 FA Cup winner Bobby Hope prior to the game on Monday night. 

A minute’s applause will be held before to kick-off with the Baggies also wearing black armbands to honour the Scotland international midfielder. 

In addition to his FA Cup triumph, Hope lifted the 1966 League Cup and made 409 appearances for the Albion, scoring 42 goals, during 12 years at The Hawthorns from 1960 to 1972.

The thoughts of all at the club remain with Bobby’s family, friends and team-mates who continue to mourn his loss.

Bobby Hope FA Cup
Bobby Hope

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone will not be open for Monday's match, as previously stated here.

The Fan Zone will be open for all home matches played over a weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

 

Fans at Bournemouth

Albion played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Watford at The Hawthorns on Monday evening.

The sides exchanged blows in a brilliant first-half as Ismaila Sarr’s spectacular opener was cancelled out by Karlan Grant’s tidy equaliser.

David Button’s second-half penalty save helped the Baggies earn a share of the Sky Bet Championship points - the least they deserved from an encouraging showing.

Albion are next in action on Thursday night in the Carabao Cup against Sheffield United.

Steve Bruce made one change to the side which drew at Middlesbrough, opting to bring in Grady Diangana for Matt Phillips.

And his men made an electric start in B71 – unfortunately without opening the scoring. First Darnell Furlong had a powerful volley saved, and then Grant was denied at close range by goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.

They were made to pay for not taking those chances on the 12-minute mark, Sarr spotting Button off his line and sending the ball into the net from the Watford half.

Yet that didn’t deter the Baggies, who continued to dominate proceedings. Grant volleyed wide and saw another effort saved, Dara O’Shea headed just off-target from a Furlong long-throw and John Swift was also denied by Bachmann.

But the goal did come before half-time – Diangana superbly playing Grant through on goal, and the striker controlling and finishing brilliantly for a deserved equaliser.

Would there be more of the same drama after the interval? You bet. The Baggies came out searching for another, almost finding it instantly when Grant smashed over following a Wallace corner.

The atmosphere was rocking inside The Hawthorns and both teams were going for the next goal.

Though with 20 minutes to go it looked like Watford would grab the winner, Sarr earning the visitors a penalty when he tangled with the otherwise incredibly impressive Semi Ajayi.

The Senegalese striker dusted himself down and stepped up from 12-yards, but his low spot-kick was saved by Button – sparking goal-like celebrations from those in the Smethwick End and all around.

Fans in a raucous B71 were then treated to a second Albion debut for Turkish international Okay Yokuslu, who came on in place of skipper Jake Livermore with slightly more than 10 minutes to play.

Albion continued to push in hunt of what would've been a justified second given the balance of play throughout the clash, but couldn't grab it despite playing through a further five minutes of stoppage time.

Bruce's side therefore had to settle with a point despite putting in a display full of energy and vigour in front of more than 20,000 supporters.

Albion: Button; Furlong (Phillips 90), Ajayi, O’Shea, Townsend; Molumby, Livermore (Yokuslu 78); Wallace, Swift, Diangana (Reach 88); Grant.

Substitutes: Palmer, Bartley, Reach, Yokuslu, Mowatt, Phillips, Robinson.

Attendance: 22,365