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Albion v Wigan Athletic match preview

24 December 2018

ALBION will be looking to make it eight games unbeaten when they host Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on Boxing Day (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Wigan are 19th in the Sky Bet Championship after picking up 25 points from their 23 matches so far this season.

Paul Cook’s side have experienced a tough run of form in recent months and have won just one of their last 10 fixtures.

They were beaten 3-0 at home by Birmingham City on Saturday.

Last time out

Wigan won the most recent meeting between the teams back in October, Josh Windass getting the goal that resigned Albion to a 1-0 defeat at the DW Stadium.

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s men are now seven matches without defeat (W5, D2) and have scored 17 goals in the process.
  • At the midway point of the 2018/19 campaign Albion sit 3rd in the table and have already scored 50 league goals, the most in the division.
  • Dwight Gayle’s hat-trick at Rotherham means he’s now netted 13 times this season, giving him the lead in the race to be top scorer ahead of Jay Rodriguez (10) and Harvey Barnes (9).

Wigan Athletic

  • The Latics were victorious when they last visited The Hawthorns, running out 3-2 winners in a 2012/13 Premier League clash.
  • Wigan have picked up just four points from 11 away games this season.
  • They are yet to win in December and are currently on a three-game losing streak.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion’s last Hawthorns win over Wigan, back in May 2009…

Head to head 

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

Of the 20 matches that have been played, Albion have triumphed seven times, there have been four draws and Wigan have won on nine occasions.

Man in the middle

Robert Jones will referee the match, and he’ll be assisted by Akil Howson and Robert Merchant - with Trevor Kettle as the fourth official.

Jones has been in charge of two Throstles games this season; the EFL Cup win over Luton Town and the defeat to Derby County.

Ticket news

Extra seats have been made available in the Smethwick End for the festive fixture. 

Demand to watch the free-scoring Baggies at The Hawthorns is hotting up and tickets in the two extra blocks are now on general sale.

Fans are now able to purchase tickets in block A6, in the first instance, and A3 to get behind Albion for the eagerly-anticipated clash.

These seats can be secured online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Seats are also on general sale for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at The Hawthorns on Saturday, December 29 (ko 3pm).

Individual match ticket prices are adults £20/23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10, and U11s just £5.

Half-season tickets, starting with Wigan’s visit on Boxing Day, also remain on sale. 

They are available from £39 for under-11s, £59 under-18s, £109 under-23s/students, £149 seniors and £179 adults. Disabled supporters can snap up a season ticket for just £79. They 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 Wigan 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 Boxing Day.

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

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Wigan Athletic 0

26 December 2018

JAY Rodriguez's brace secured Boxing Day delight for Albion as they triumphed 2-0 over Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns.

Rodriguez headed the Baggies into an early eighth-minute lead before securing the festive spoils courtesy of a blistering 25-yard strike, taking his tally for the season to 12 goals.

The frontman's double secured a third successive Sky Bet Championship victory for the dominant Baggies and extended their unbeaten sequence to eight matches, securing a second successive clean sheet in the process.

Albion will, however, assess an injury to Dwight Gayle after the 13-goal top scorer hobbled off in the early stages.

The Baggies, who claimed only a second win in their last eight meetings with the Latics, host Sheffield Wednesday next up on Saturday.

Following Saturday's 4-0 victory at Rotherham, Head Coach Darren Moore kept faith with an unchanged side for the fourth successive match.

And in-form Albion soon took an early lead to the delight of the home faithful, Gayle crossing for Rodriguez to direct a header beyond Christian Walton.

Yet the opener came at a cost as Gayle was forced off nursing what appeared to be a hamstring complaint.

Sam Johnstone saved from Reece James' free-kick before opposite number Walton made an even smarter stop to deny substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.

Walton was alert to tip over Harvey Barnes' deflected shot from a difficult angle as Albion went into the break holding a one-goal advantage.

Robson-Kanu came within inches of connecting with Matt Phillips' cross following a super cross-field pass from Rodriguez minutes after the restart.

Gavin Massey curled an effort over the crossbar for the Latics in the 65th minute while Barnes was denied by a full-stretch save from Walton at the other end just minutes later.

Yet Albion soon doubled their advantage courtesy of a blistering long-range half-volley from Rodriguez which flew past Walton.

Sub James Morrison almost added a quickfire third before Rodriguez was twice denied a hat-trick from the subsequent rebound.

Yet Albion held out, James clipping a post for the visitors with a late free-kick, to record their first Boxing Day victory since 2012 and continue their excellent run of form.

Albion: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs (Brunt 81), Phillips, Barry, Livermore (c) (Morrison 71), Gayle (Robson-Kanu 10), Rodriguez, Barnes.

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Harper, Sako.

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Ticket News

Boxing Day clash with Wigan on general sale

21 November 2018

FANCY some festive football at The Hawthorns?

Tickets are now on general sale for our Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day (ko 3pm).

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

You can purchase your seat online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

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