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Albion v Sheffield Wednesday match preview

28 December 2018

ALBION will play their final game of 2018 when Sheffield Wednesday come to The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

The Owls are currently sat 16th in the Sky Bet Championship table having picked up 30 points from their 24 games so far.

They are without a manager after Jos Luhukay departed the club last week, though caretaker boss Lee Bullen has won both of his matches at the helm against Preston and Middlesbrough.

Last time out

Harvey Barnes’ fantastic individual effort earned Albion a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough in early October.

First-half goals from Adam Reach and Fernando Forestieri had Wednesday in control at the break, but a Joel Pelupessy own-goal combined with Barnes’ strike ensured the points were shared.

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are currently on an eight match unbeaten run (W6, D2), which is Albion’s longest spell without defeat since the 2009/10 promotion season.
  • The Baggies have, incredibly, scored in every single league home game during 2018.
  • After his brace against Wigan Athletic, Jay Rodriguez has now netted 12 goals in 24 games this season - and is one behind Dwight Gayle (13) in the top scorers chart.

Sheffield Wednesday

  • The Owls have recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since August under Lee Bullen. They had previously been on a tough run that had seen them win just one in 10.
  • Wednesday have failed to beat Albion in any of their last five attempts.
  • The Hillsborough side have conceded the joint-second most amount of goals in the division this campaign (40).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the four-goal thriller earlier this season…

Head to head 

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

Of the 116 matches that have been played, Albion have triumphed 36 times, there have been 27 draws and Sheffield Wednesday have won on 53 occasions.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Saturday’s match is Andy Davies. It’s the first time he’s taken charge of an Albion game this season.

He’ll be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Daniel Leach - with Stephen Martin as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Saturday's clash has sold out.

The Ticket Office will be open from 9am on matchday but will be open for collections only from 12 noon until kick-off. Normal service will resume at the final whistle. 

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Sheffield Wednesday 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 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.

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Match Reports

Albion 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

29 December 2018

CHRIS BRUNT struck deep into added time to give ten-man Albion a share of the spoils against Sheffield Wednesday in the final outing of 2018.

The Baggies skipper forced the ball home - with the help of Wednesday defenders - with 95 minutes on the clock to send The Hawthorns into raptures and extend Albion's unbeaten record to nine games.

Atdhe Nuhiu had pounced to convert the game's opener from close range after just five minutes, with Jay Rodriguez, two-goal matchwinner against Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day, seeing red just after the hour mark for an off-the-ball incident.

In front of their highest attendance of the season, 26,548, the Baggies dominated the majority of proceedings and got their just rewards to save a point against the in-form Owls.

Albion showed four changes for the clash - captain Brunt, Kyle Bartley, James Morrison and Bakary Sako coming in for injured pair Ahmed Hegazi and Dwight Gayle, with Gareth Barry and Matt Phillips rested to the bench.

Yet it was the visitors who made the perfect early start, Nuhiu converting from close range after Albion failed to clear Adam Reach's corner.

The Baggies dominated play following the opener as they looked to force a leveller, albeit without seriously testing Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.

Sam Johnstone was called upon to deny Marco Matias after 26 minutes, before showing smart reflexes to keep out Morgan Fox from point-blank range.

Those chances aside, Albion continued to boss matters until the break but it was Wednesday who held the upper hand at the interval.

The second half continued in much the same fashion, although Albion were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark as Rodriguez saw red following consultation between the referee and his assistant.

Head Coach Moore opted to make a triple substitution, introducing Phillips, Barry and Hal Robson-Kanu. 

And it almost paid immediate dividends, Robson-Kanu's header forcing a fingertip save from Dawson.

Albion continued to apply pressure in search of an equaliser and, from a Phillips corner, squeezed the ball home to keep pressure on the top two in an astonishing finish.

Albion: Johnstone, Adarabioyo (Phillips 65), Dawson, Bartley, Gibbs, Morrison (Barry 65), Livermore, Brunt (c), Barnes, Rodriguez, Sako (Robson-Kanu 65).

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Harper, Hoolahan.

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Ticket News

Sheffield Wednesday sold out

28 December 2018

THE Baggies will be backed by a sold-out Hawthorns for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon (ko 3pm).

The final few seats for the eagerly-anticipated clash with the Owls were snapped up early on Friday afternoon.

The East Stand Ticket Office will be open for Sheffield Wednesday ticket collections only on Saturday between midday and kick-off. 

Fans wishing to purchase tickets on Saturday for upcoming matches from the East Stand Ticket Office, can do so after the Sheffield Wednesday game.

Thank you for your terrific support.

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