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Match Previews

Middlesbrough v Albion match preview

23 August 2018

ALBION travel to Middlesbrough on Friday night as Darren Moore’s men look to make it five unbeaten in all competitions (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Middlesbrough have made a strong start to the new Sky Bet Championship season, drawing their opening game before winning three league fixtures in a row.

They were defeated over two legs in their play-off semi-final against Aston Villa last year after finishing fifth in the table.

The Boro had a busy summer, bringing in the likes of Aden Flint from Bristol City and Paddy McNair from Sunderland - but also losing Fabio to Nantes, Patrick Bamford to Leeds, Ben Gibson to Burnley and Adama Traore to Wolves.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the teams was in January 2017 when a 1-1 draw was played out in the North East. 

James Morrison put the Baggies ahead before Alvaro Negrado earned Boro a point from the penalty spot.

'Mozza' celebrates netting on Teeside

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Albion

  • The Baggies are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Middlesbrough (W4, D4).
  • Albion beat Middlesbrough 5-0 on their most recent Championship visit to the Riverside.
  • Jay Rodriguez has netted four goals in his last two games for Darren Moore’s side.

Middlesbrough

  • Middlesbrough and Albion have met just twice in August (1921 and 2016) - with both ending in goalless draws!
  • The Riverside club have kept three clean sheets from their four league matches so far this season.
  • Alongside six Baggies players, Boro defender Aden Flint was in last weekend's Football League Paper Championship team of the week after their win at Bristol City.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion’s last win at Middlesbrough...

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Middlesbrough just about come out on top.

Of the 93 matches that have been played, Albion have won 33 times, there have been 23 draws and Middlesbrough have been victorious on 37 occasions.

Ticket news

Tickets for the clash are on general sale to Albion supporters.

Seats are priced at £30 adults, £20 seniors (65+) and £17 U18s.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 222.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 1pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 1.15pm and The Hawthorns at 2pm, is available for £23.

Kit news

The Baggies will be donning the black and blue away kit for the trip to the Riverside.

It’s only had one outing so far - the thrilling 4-3 victory at Norwich a couple of weeks ago.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Middlesbrough 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 Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday night.

Albion fans based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland may be able to watch our game against Middlesbrough on Friday for just £5.

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

Middlesbrough 1 Albion 0

24 August 2018

ALBION suffered a late blow as Daniel Ayala's added-time strike gave Middlesbrough all three points at the Riverside Stadium.

On a night for the defences, the game looked to be petering out to a goalless conclusion on Friday night in the North East.

But with 91 minutes on the clock, Boro's Ayala prodded home from close range to deny the Baggies what would have been a creditable point.

Darren Moore named an unchanged line-up from last weekend's 7-1 victory over QPR at The Hawthorns, with Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle again leading the forward line.

Craig Dawson returned to the Baggies bench, with Tosin Adarabioyo keeping his place on the right-hand side of defence.

And there was an early test for Albion's backline, Jonny Howson stealing in to head against team-mate Britt Assombalonga - and subsequently wide - from the penalty spot. 

It was the hosts who continued to have the better of the affair. But Boro could have conceded an unfortunate opener when Aden Fint crashed the ball against his own crossbar in the 9th minute.

Sam Johnstone was called into action midway through the first period, palming Stewart Downing's speculative strike out of harm's way.

As Albion defended corner after corner, the ball dropped for Martin Braithwaite on the stroke of half-time. But the frontman blasted his strike clear of the crossbar.

In a livelier second period, both Ryan Shotton and Gayle should have done better when presented with sights of goal within five minutes of the restart.

Close to 700 Baggies braved a congested M1 and bitter conditions to make the game. And they saw Rodriguez sting Darren Randolph's gloves from 30 yards with an hour on the clock.

James Morrison's introduction gave Albion another creative influence in the middle of the park, the former Boro man crafting a neat opening for Jake Livermore who saw his driven cross turned behind for a corner.

With both sides seemingly content with a point, the game lost its edge in the final stages.

And it looked as though the points would be shared until Ayala's half-volley agonisingly sailed past Johnstone and into the far corner.

The Baggies will dust themselves down and prepare for their Carabao Cup Round Two tie against Mansfield Town on Tuesday.

ALBION: Johnstone, Adarabioyo (Dawson 68), Hegazi, Bartley, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt (c), Gibbs, Barnes (Morrison 68), Rodriguez, Gayle (Robson-Kanu 82).

Subs: Myhill, Barry, Field, Burke.

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