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AFC Bournemouth v Albion match preview

17 March 2018

ALBION travel down to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to take on AFC Bournemouth (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

The Cherries currently sit 12th in Premier League table on 33 points from their 30 games so far this campaign.

They have only won one of their last five league games - with their most recent fixture being a 4-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the two sides was on the opening day of this season when Ahmed Hegazi’s header handed the Baggies a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns.

The Egyptian defender scores on his Premier League debut in August

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Albion

  • The Baggies have won their last two games against Bournemouth.
  • It will be the first time that the sides have ever met in March.
  • The teams have played against each other five times in the PL - with both winning two and the other ending in a draw.

AFC Bournemouth

  • Manager Eddie Howe is the second-longest serving manager in the PL, only behind Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
  • The Cherries have lost 19 points from leading positions this campaign.
  • Before their loss to Spurs, Bournemouth had only been defeated in one of their previous 10 league fixtures.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the 1-0 win over Bournemouth earlier in the season…

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 20 matches that have been played, Albion have won nine times, there have been four draws and Bournemouth have been victorious on seven occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Graham Scott, and he’ll be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Constantine Hatzidakis - with Tim Robinson as the fourth official.

It’ll be the second time that Scott has refereed Albion this season, having previously been in the middle for the defeat at Southampton back in October.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game are now on general sale, with the Baggies having been handed an allocation of 1,325 seats.

Seats are priced at £30 adults and £17 seniors (65+), U21s & full time students.

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

Coach travel, departing from Kidderminster at 8.30am, Stourbridge and Lye at 8.45am and The Hawthorns at 9.30am, is available for £16.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Bournemouth is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is 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.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

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Match Reports

AFC Bournemouth 2 Albion 1

17 March 2018

ALBION were pegged back by AFC Bournemouth to suffer a 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium.

Jay Rodriguez controlled a cushioned header from Salomon Rondon before turning and smashing home from close range in the 49th minute to convert his ninth goal of the season and put the Baggies ahead.

But Jordon Ibe's strike from distance 13 minutes from time brought the scores back level heading into the final stages.

Junior Stanislas' stunning free kick in the 89th minute meant the Cherries took all three points on a snowy and bitterly cold south coast in mid-March.

Albion now head into the international break before hosting Burnley at The Hawthorns when Premier League action resumes.

Alan Pardew made three changes from last weekend - captain Jonny Evans, Claudio Yacob and Rodriguez replacing Oliver Burke, Matt Phillips and Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Rondon, who opened the scoring in the defeat to Leicester, came close to connecting with Allan Nyom's early cross before seeing his header force Asmir Begovic into action.

Rodriguez brought a low save out of the Cherries goalkeeper before Rondon, who appeared to be held by Nathan Ake in the penalty area, saw another header kept out.

Both sides had further spot-kick appeals rejected by referee Graham Scott, who also booked both Jake Livermore and Adam Smith following a challenge in the middle of the park, before Ben Foster got down to keep out a free-kick from Junior Stanislas just before the break.

But the Baggies broke the deadlock four minutes after the restart, Rodriguez firing home from close range after controlling and turning on Rondon's headed knockdown from Kieran Gibbs' left-wing cross.

The encounter flowed from end-to-end as both sides went in search of the game's crucial second goal, Stanislas sending a set-piece on to the roof of the net.

But the Cherries levelled in the 77th minute when Ibe's dipping long-range strike found the far corner.

Albion looked the more likely to snatch victory as the game approached its conclusion. But they were undone by a moment of quality from Stanislas who curled a 20-yard free kick into the top corner at this, the second time of asking.

Credit to the Baggies who battled until the end, with Matt Phillips seeing his header cleared off the line by Charlie Daniels in the last of a frantic five minutes added.

But it wasn't enough to claim a point on the south coast.

ALBION: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Evans (c) (Phillips 77), Hegazi, Gibbs, Livermore, Yacob, Brunt (Field 82), Rodriguez (Robson-Kanu 86), Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Krychowiak, Burke, McClean.

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Ticket News

AFC Bournemouth on general sale

15 March 2018

TICKETS are now on general sale for Albion’s Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Baggies, who head to the south coast on Saturday, March 17 (ko 3pm), have been handed an allocation of 1,325 seats.

Tickets are priced £30 adults and £17 seniors (65+), U21s & full-time students and can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing from Kidderminster at 8.30am, Stourbridge and Lye at 8.45am and The Hawthorns at 9.30am, is available for £16.

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