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Huddersfield v Albion match preview

3 November 2017

ALBION travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday (ko 3pm) looking to get their Premier League season back on track.

The fixture at the John Smith's Stadium will be the first between the sides in the Premier League - and the first in any competition since 2010. 

The opposition 

Huddersfield won promotion to the Premier League last season by winning the Championship play off final against Reading on penalties. The Terriers have since made a steady start to their campaign, having picked up 12 points from their first 10 games.

Manager David Wagner joined the club in November 2015 after leaving his role as Borussia Dortmund II manager earlier in the month.

After a lower mid-table finish in his first season, Wagner then guided Huddersfield to the top flight for the first time since the 1970s. He brought in the likes of Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre over the summer to strengthen his squad.

Last time out 

The last game between the sides was a 2-0 win for the Baggies in the third round of the FA Cup back in January 2010 thanks to goals from Graham Dorrans and Chris Wood.

The most recent meeting in the league was a Division One match in 2001 that saw the teams draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

Dozza celebrates his opener at Huddersfield in 2010

Stats

Albion

  • Albion are unbeaten in their last three games against Huddersfield.
  • If Gareth McAuley starts at the John Smith’s Stadium then it will be the 500th start of his club career.
  • The only survivor from the team that last played against Huddersfield is Chris Brunt, who played 88 minutes in the FA Cup win.

Huddersfield

  • Wagner’s side have won one of their last five games - though that victory was against Manchester United a fortnight ago.
  • Huddersfield are yet to score a goal from outside the box in the Premier League.
  • The Terriers have made the most amount of tackles in the division so far this season (210).

The gaffers

David Wagner on the game

“We are aware that West Brom are missing some key players but it is up to us to do our job.

“It is irrelevant who we collect points against - we just have to collect points consistently.

“Of course we have a bigger chance than Liverpool away but we still need to be at our best.”

Tony Pulis on Huddersfield

“It’s an unbelievable atmosphere. They are really backed by the supporters.

“I don’t know David that well but looking at what he has done he’s done really well.

“He’s done a fantastic job to get them promoted and the start that he’s had in the Premier League has been good."

From the archive

Jordao and Lee Hughes gave the Baggies a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield 17 years ago.

Head to head

There is almost nothing to choose between the teams in terms of the head-to-head record, with Albion having 25 wins, Huddersfield having 27 wins and the other 17 matches ending in draws.

Man in the middle 

Saturday’s referee will be Roger East, who has been in charge of four Premier League games so far this season. 

He will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Lee Mason as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Albion have sold out their allocation at the John Smith's Stadium and will be backed by a bumper following of 2,340.

Thank you for your fantastic support!

Travelling fans can find out everything they need to know about their trip in Huddersfield's Visiting Supporters' Guide.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Huddersfield is available in our new 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

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Huddersfield Town 1 Albion 0

4 November 2017

ALBION fell to a 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Rajiv van La Parra's 25-yard strike into the top corner on the stroke of half-time proved the difference between the two sides in Albion's first-ever Premier League meeting with the newly-promoted West Yorkshire outfit.

Town played the final 30 minutes with 10 men after centre-back Christopher Schindler saw red for a second bookable offence.

The Baggies pushed in search of a leveller, immediately making a triple attacking substitution, but they could not find the breakthrough - Salomon Rondon heading inches wide.

Albion will now look to get back on track after the forthcoming international break, with a home clash against Chelsea next up.

Town saw penalty appeals waved away after 15 minutes following Kieran Gibbs' challenge on Van La Parra, while Ben Foster got down to save comfortably from Tom Ince.

Schindler got across well to block Jay Rodriguez's strike after he had been played through by the recalled Hal Robson-Kanu in attack.

Ince blazed well over after the ball broke his way from a corner before he again tested Foster from distance, Rodriguez doing likewise at the other end.

Yet the Town breakthrough came just before the break.

Rodriguez appeared to be brought down on the halfway line but the free-kick went the way of the hosts, Aaron Mooy took it quickly and the ball eventually found its way to Van La Parra, who curled into the top corner from distance.

Town were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute as Schindler saw red for a second booking.

And head coach Tony Pulis immediately made a triple substitution - introducing Rondon, Matt Phillips and James McClean.

Rondon headed narrowly wide in the 73rd minute as the Baggies pushed for an equaliser, before Terriers keeper Jonas Lossl pulled off two world-class saves to deny McClean and Phillips in added time.

But Albion could not find an equaliser as the Terriers claimed all three points in the first meeting between the two sides in seven years.

ALBION: Foster, Nyom, McAuley (McClean 59), Evans (c), Hegazi, Gibbs, Livermore, Krychowiak (Rondon 59), Barry, Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu (Phillips 59).

Subs: Myhill, Yacob, Brunt, McClean, Phillips, Chadli, Rondon.

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Ticket News

Huddersfield trip sold out

23 October 2017

TICKETS for Albion's clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, November 4 (ko 3pm) are now sold out.

The Baggies will be backed by a bumper following of 2,340 for their first Premier League trip to the John Smith's Stadium.

Coach travel for the clash with the Terriers is also on offer for £15, departing Kidderminster at 10am, Stourbridge and Lye at 10.15am and The Hawthorns at 11am.

Thank you for your fantastic support.

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