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14 December 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Sheffield United v Albion match preview

14 December 2018

ALBION travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Friday evening for what is set to be another exciting Sky Bet Championship clash (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Sheffield United currently sit third in the table after picking up 37 points from their opening 21 fixtures.

They are managed by Chris Wilder, who has been in charge since May 2016. During his tenure so far the Blades won League One in his first campaign, amassing 100 points in the process, before a 10th placed finish in the Championship last season.

The Blades’ last outing was a 2-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the sides was in January 2010 as goals from Graham Dorrans, Roman Bednar and Jerome Thomas helped Albion on to a 3-1 Championship win.

Earlier that season the Baggies had played out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are currently on a five-game unbeaten run (W3, D2).
  • Jay Rodriguez’s goal against Aston Villa was the 50th in league matches under Darren Moore, with the milestone coming up in just 27 games.
  • Rodriguez (10) and Dwight Gayle (10) both moved into double figures for goals this season after netting against Villa.

Sheffield United

  • United have won one of their last four home games (W1, D2, L1).
  • Wilder took his 125th game as Sheffield United manager last weekend (W66, D25, L34).
  • Billy Sharp is the Blades’ top scorer having notched 11 league goals so far this campaign.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last game against Sheffield United…

Head to head 

Albion narrowly come out on top in the overall head-to-head record.

Of the 111 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 43 times, there have been 27 draws and Sheffield United have won on 41 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Monday evening’s match is Jeremy Simpson, and he’ll be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton - with Darren Bond as the fourth official.

Simpson has refereed Albion twice this season; the 4-2 win over Bristol City and the 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Ticket news

Tickets for the match are now on general sale, with the Baggies having been allocated 2,253 seats at Bramall Lane.

They are priced at £29 adults, £23 seniors (60+), £18 full-time students/18-21 years and £14 U18s.

Supporters can secure their seats online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm, is available for £17.

Tickets will not be available on the gate. Fans wishing to attend this game are advised to purchase tickets before 1pm on Friday.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Sheffield United 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.

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

Sheffield United 1 Albion 2

14 December 2018

ALBION came from behind to claim an impressive 2-1 victory against Sheffield United in a high-tempo Sky Bet Championship encounter at Bramall Lane.

Kieran Gibbs drilled home a 76th-minute winner, his third goal of the season, to seal three hard-fought points from an open and entertaining Friday night clash in South Yorkshire.

Man of the match Gareth Barry had pulled the Baggies level with a fine finish just before half-time, opening his account for 2018/19, to cancel out David McGoldrick's early strike on the counter-attack for the Blades. 

Just one point and two places separated the two sides at the top end of the table heading into the match but victory sees Albion leapfrog United and extends their unbeaten run to six matches heading into the festive period.

Head Coach Darren Moore, who scored at both ends in the club's last win at Bramall Lane in 2004, named an unchanged side from the draw against Aston Villa.

Sam Johnstone was called into action to save well from McGoldrick in the 12th minute, yet he could not deny the Blades frontman less than a minute later as he slotted in off the far post having been sent through by Mark Duffy on the counter.

The Blades certainly dominated the opening quarter, with Albion struggling to create an opening, although the visitors grew into the first half as it progressed.

Dwight Gayle saw his effort well blocked from a corner routine before Jack O'Connell's cross-come-shot deflected narrowly wide at the other end.

Yet, with half-time approaching, Albion drew level courtesy courtesy of Barry's second goal for the club.

United failed to fully clear their lines and Gibbs fed the ball out wide to Harvey Barnes, who skipped into the penalty area and cut the ball back for the onrushing Barry to drill home from 12 yards.

Albion saw appeals waved away early in the second half after Gayle, racing through, was sent tumbling by covering Blades defender O'Connell.

A furious end-to-end encounter after the restart saw both sides threaten.

Moore's men went close just after the hour mark when Barnes saw his delicate chip deflected over by goalkeeper Dean Henderson having been sent clear by Gayle in a two-on-one break.

Yet it was left for Gibbs to seal the points.

Phillips did superbly down the right wing and sent a deep cross to Barnes, who controlled and sent a delicate back-heel for Gibbs to drill low into the far corner.

ALBION: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Barry, Livermore (c), Gayle, Rodriguez, Barnes (Brunt 90+3).

Subs: Myhill, Townsend, Mears, Harper, Sako, Burke.

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Ticket News

Sheffield United trip remains on general sale

12 December 2018

TICKETS remain on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield United.

The Baggies, who have been allocated 2,253 tickets, travel to Bramall Lane on Friday, December 14 (ko 7.45pm) looking to make it six games unbeaten.

Tickets are priced £29 adults, £23 seniors (60+), £18 full-time students/18-21 years and £14 U18s.

Supporters can secure their seats online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm, is available for £17.

Tickets will not be available on the gate. Fans wishing to attend this match are advised to purchase tickets before 1pm on Friday.

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