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Albion v Preston North End match preview

12 April 2019

Albion will return to The Hawthorns this Saturday to take on Preston North End in a Sky Bet Championship clash (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Preston North End are managed by Alex Neil, who took over as their boss in July 2017 following spells in charge of Norwich City and Hamilton Academical.

Under Neil’s guidance the Lilywhites are currently sat in 12th place in the league, having won 15, drawn 12 and lost 14 of their 41 games.

Their top scorer is Alan Browne, who has bagged 11 goals this season.

Last time out

Our last meeting was a 3-2 win for the Baggies on the road in September. 

There were no goals in the first-half, but Jay Rodriguez scored the opener before Andrew Hughes responded for Preston. 

However, a Ben Davies own goal and Dwight Gayle's free-kick meant that when the hosts scored in stoppage time through Browne it counted for little.

 

Stats

Albion

• The last eight times that Albion have played Preston at The Hawthorns the Baggies have been victorious.

• The Throstles have scored 23 goals in their last 10 home games against Preston.

• In Albion's last five games at The Hawthorns, the Baggies have lost just once.

Opposition

• The last two times Albion have faced Preston the Baggies have won 3-2 - with all five goals in the game coming in the first-half of the 2010 fixture, whilst in 2018 all of the goals were scored in the second-half.

• Preston haven't won a game at The Hawthorns for 46 years despite playing at Albion's home on 10 occasions since their last victory in 1973. They have managed just one draw and nine losses in that time.

• The Lilywhites will be looking to end a losing run of three league games, with Reading, Sheffield United and Leeds United all beating Preston recently.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion’s 3-2 win against Preston in March 2010...

Head to head 

The Baggies have got the better of Preston in the head-to-head record.

Of the 111 matches that have been played, Albion have triumphed on 46 occasions, there have been 26 stalemates and Preston have came out victorious against the Baggies 39 times.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Saturday’s match is Roger East, and he’ll be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Mark Scholes - with James Linington as the fourth official.

Roger East is yet to referee Albion during this campaign. He has been in charge of eight Premier League games and four Championship matches so far this season.

Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale and can be bought by clicking here.

Prices

Adults £20/23
Seniors 60+ £15/17
Students £15
Under-23s £15
Under-18s £10
Disabled £10
Under-11s £5

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

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Preston is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to 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. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and former Albion player Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

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

Albion 4 Preston 1

13 April 2019

Dwight Gayle bagged a hat-trick as Albion returned to winnings ways with a convincing 4-1 victory over Preston North End at The Hawthorns.

The frontman scored twice in four first-half minutes to put the Baggies fimly in control, the first a well-taken volley from Chris Brunt's superb throughball, before strike partner Jay Rodriguez added a third before the break.

And Gayle put the gloss on an impressive afternoon when he headed home in the second half to secure his second treble of the season.

It puts him level with Rodriguez on 21 Sky Bet Championship goals apiece as, despite Callum Robinson's late consolation for Preston, Albion secured all three points and a third succesive home triumph in convincing fashion following back-to-back defeats on the road.

Next up for the Baggies is the visit of Hull City on Good Friday.

Albion showed three changes from Tuesday's defeat at Bristol City, Ahmed Hegazi returning from suspension alongside fit-again Kieran Gibbs and recalled captain Chris Brunt.

The hosts started brightly on a sunny spring afternoon, Stefan Johansen close to connecting with Sam Johnstone's direct pass down the middle of the pitch.

A sweeping move saw Rodriguez bring a fine save out of Declan Rudd after 18 minutes, Kyle Bartley sending a header from the resulting corner into the side-netting.

And it was the Baggies who opened the scoring in style just before the half-hour mark, Gayle volleying home Brunt's sublime lofted throughball to make the breakthrough.

The frontman doubled his and Albion's tally just four minutes later when he fired home on the rebound after Johansen's attempt had been smothered.

The home side were in command and made it 3-0 before the break, Johansen's effort finding its way to Rodriguez and he coolly finished from eight yards.

North End started the second half strongly as they looked for a route back into the encounter, Craig Dawson blocking well from substitute Robinson.

Hegazi hobbled off to be replaced by Tosin Adarabioyo in the 52nd minute, before fellow defender Gibbs, making his first start since late February, made way for Conor Townsend just after the hour mark.

Robinson narrowly failed to connect with Lukas Nmecha's drilled low cross just moments earlier, with Rodriguez firing Mason Holgate's ball off target at the other end in the 68th minute.

Matt Phillips boosted Albion as he stepped off the bench to make his first appearance since early March having recovered from an ankle injury.

And it was left for Gayle to register his third of the afternoon shortly afterwards, nodding home from close range after Dawson had headed Brunt's corner back towards goal.

Robinson claimed a consolation goal for Preston as the game went into stoppage time, but it was Albion who came away from The Hawthorns with all three points when referee Roger East brought the game to a close.

Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Bartley, Hegazi (Adarabioyo 52), Gibbs (Townsend 61), Livermore (Phillips 70), Brunt (c), Johansen, Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bond, Harper, Murphy, Robson-Kanu.

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Ticket News

Preston tickets remain on general sale

12 April 2019

There are still tickets available for Albion's Sky Bet Championship fixture with Preston North End on Saturday, April 13 (ko 3pm).

Tickets for the visit of Preston can be bought by clicking here.

Prices

Adults £20/23
Seniors 60+ £15/17
Students £15
Under-23s £15
Under-18s £10
Disabled £10
Under-11s £5

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

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