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Albion v Bournemouth match preview

11 August 2017

THE wait is finally over! Premier League football is back at The Hawthorns. And AFC Bournemouth are in town on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition
 
Eddie Howe's men are set to embark upon their third consecutive season in the top-flight, something that would have been beyond Cherries fans' wildest dreams only a decade ago.
 
The 2017/18 season brings the latest chapter in a true rags-to-riches story for the south-coast club. A ninth-place finish last year will be a difficult feat to better. But with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic added to the squad, they'll have a good crack at it.

Last time out
 
Albion brought up the Premier League 40-point mark thanks to a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns last season. Craig Dawson was on target with a cracker before Gareth McAuley hammered home the winner - probably the easiest goal he'll ever score!
 
A knee slide from Daws after his rocket last time out
 
Stats
 
Last season saw Albion finish in the top-half of the Premier League for the first time since 2013. It also saw Bournemouth finish in the top-ten for the first time in their history.
 
That said, just six points separated Southampton in eighth and Watford in 17th.
 
From the archive
 
Here's the full story of February's victory - Albion's first over the Cherries in the Premier League.
 
 
 
Head to head
 
Meetings between the Baggies and the Cherries have been few and far between. In just 19 fixtures, Albion have won eight, drawn four and lost seven.
 
Ticket news
 
Seats are on general sale and are priced at £25 adults, £20 seniors (60+), £15 full-time students and young adults (22 and under) and £10 juniors (under-17s).
 

Under-11s with a Baggie Bird’s Brigade membership can get their hands on a ticket for this fixture for just £5, when selecting seats in the family area in the West Stand while accompanied by a full paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Salomon Rondon heads home at the Vitality Stadium in May 2016
 
Follow the game
 
Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Cherries is available on our all-new Match Centre.
 
You can find score updates on the club's social media channels.
 
Twitter - @WBA
Facebook - West Bromwich Albion
Instagram - wba
 
And you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio, the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. 
 

Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

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Match Reports

Albion 1 AFC Bournemouth 0

12 August 2017

DEBUTANT Ahmed Hegazi headed Albion to a 1-0 opening-day victory over AFC Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

The Egyptian centre-back, a summer loan signing from Al Ahly, nodded home Chris Brunt's 31st-minute free-kick to deservedly secure all three points on the first weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season - Albion's eighth successive campaign in England's top flight.

It capped a super first-half performance in which the Baggies threatened time and again, with fellow debutant Jay Rodriguez also coming close to a maiden goal.

And the hosts stood firm after the break, with teenager Rekeem Harper making his senior bow, to secure Albion's first opening-day victory on home soil since 2012, with 25,011 present on a mild mid-August afternoon at The Hawthorns. 

Hegazi and Rodriguez were both handed full debuts while there was also a midfield start for Academy graduate Sam Field.

Albion made a positive start to proceedings with Rodriguez in sharp form - forcing three save from Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic inside the opening 15 minutes before then curling just inches wide of the far post.

Yet it was fellow new boy Hegazi who headed the opener at the back post from an inch-perfect Brunt set-piece - sending the Egyptian, his team-mates and the home crowd into raptures.

The Cherries enjoyed a brief spell of pressure before Claudio Yacob spurned a great chance to double the advantage and Ben Foster saved well from Joshua King before the break.

Yacob headed into the side-netting shortly after the restart before Bournemouth took a foothold in the game.

Tony Pulis introduced another Academy graduate Harper and Hal Robson-Kanu off the bench as the vistors enjoyed greater possession.

Yet the Baggies remained strong, with both Robson-Kanu and Salomon Rondon going close late on, to open their season with a victory.

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