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Match Previews

Albion v Villa match preview

7 December 2018

ALBION host Aston Villa under the lights at The Hawthorns on Friday evening (ko 8pm).

The opposition 

Villa currently sit eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table having collected 31 points from their 20 games so far this season.

Since appointing Dean Smith as manager in October following the departure of Steve Bruce, they have won five, drawn one and lost two of the eight fixtures that the former Walsall and Brentford boss has taken charge of.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the sides was a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns back in January 2016.

Earlier that season Albion had won the reverse fixture at Villa Park 1-0 thanks to Saido Berahino’s goal.

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Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are currently four unbeaten, collecting 10 points from a possible 12.
  • Harvey Barnes, who netted his eighth goal of the season on Monday night, has already scored more in his time with Albion (21 appearances) than he did during loan spells at Barnsley (played 25, scored five) and MK Dons (played 21, scored six).
  • The Baggies have won two and drawn four of their last six Hawthorns clashes with Villa.

Aston Villa

  • Villa are unbeaten in their last five Championship matches (P5, W4, D1).
  • Friday night sees the two highest scorers in the division go up against each other, with Albion having netted 42 goals to Villa’s 39.
  • Forward Tammy Abraham, who is on loan from Chelsea, has notched 10 goals in his last 10 games.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion’s last Hawthorns win over Villa…

Head to head 

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

Of the 167 matches that have been played, Albion have triumphed 54 times, there have been 36 draws and Villa have won on 77 occasions.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Monday evening’s match is Darren England, and he’ll be assisted by Matt Foley and Nick Greenhalgh - with David Webb as the fourth official.

England has taken charge of two Albion games this season; the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and the 4-1 win over Reading.

Ticket news

This game is now a complete sell-out.

Albion supporters will not be able to access the area directly behind the Smethwick End’s away section on Friday evening.

The walkway to the rear of A Block, including the Middlemore Road ramp, can be used only by Aston Villa fans in possession of a match ticket. 

Baggies fans who normally use this route to access and exit the stadium are asked to make alternative arrangements.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Villa 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

Albion 2 Aston Villa 2

7 December 2018

ALBION twice fought back from a goal down to rescue a point against Aston Villa in a pulsating West Midlands derby at The Hawthorns.

Anwar El Ghazi's deflected long-range effort handed the visitors a 12th-minute lead which was cancelled out by Dwight Gayle's 10th goal of the season following a flowing counter-attack, ensuring it was all square at the interval.

El Ghazi's second strike from distance just before the hour mark nudged Villa ahead once more, before Jay Rodriguez bundled in a 90th-minute equaliser to earn a share of the spoils.

The draw, in the first meeting between the two sides for almost three years, means Albion's unbeaten run stretches to five games.

Albion showed two changes from Monday's draw against Brentford, Gayle and Gareth Barry, against his former club, coming in for injured pair Hal Robson-Kanu and James Morrison.

Amid a fervent atmosphere in front of the biggest home attendance of the season, 26,513, Matt Phillips whistled the first effort of the game narrowly wide from distance, although it was Villa who took the lead shortly afterwards.

El Ghazi tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area and his effort took two deflections, the second of which off an unfortunate Hegazi to wrong-foot Sam Johnstone.

The Baggies goalkeeper got down well to deny Tammy Abraham before the hosts levelled in the 28th minute.

Phillips intercepted a Villa attack and his long clearance sent Harvey Barnes into a race with Alan Hutton down the left, from which the Albion man came out with the ball and sent a delightful deep cross for Gayle to volley home.

Johnstone, who spent last season with the visitors, saved again from Abraham before McGinn rattled a post from distance before the break.

Gayle headed a good opening over the crossbar within minutes of the restart before Barnes was denied by Hutton as the home side started on the front foot.

Yet it was Villa who regained the lead in the 59th minute when El Ghazi sent a 20-yard strike into the top corner.

Abraham spurned a glorious chance to add to the advantage when unmarked four yards out, before heading another opening off target shortly after.

Moore turned to Chris Brunt and Oliver Burke off the bench, with Gayle testing Orjan Nyland from the side of the area.

As the game entered the final throes, Moore's men finally found an equaliser though Rodriguez. Matt Phillips' cross was turned home by the frontman from close-range, sparking fantastic scenes of celebration in front of the Birmingham Road End.

ALBION: Johnstone, Adarabioyo (Burke 81), Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Barry, Livermore (c) (Brunt 72), Gayle, Rodriguez, Barnes.

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Harper, Hoolahan, Sako.

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Ticket News

Villa tickets now on sale

16 November 2018

TICKETS are now on sale for our first clash of the campaign with neighbours Aston Villa.

The Baggies host Dean Smith’s side on Friday, December 7 (ko 8pm).

Seats are priced adults £20/23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10 and U11s just £5.

Season-ticket holders can purchase seats online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Members who have attended at least two games over the course of the current season and the 2017/18 campaign can also buy tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

There are no plans for this fixture to go to general sale.

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