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Villa v Albion match preview

15 February 2019

Albion will head to Villa Park to play Midlands rivals Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, February 16 (ko 3pm).

The opposition

Aston Villa are currently in 10th place in the league, and come in to this game after a 1-0 loss at manager Dean Smith's former club, Brentford.

The Bees scoring the only goal of the game in the 91st minute to condemn Villa to their eighth loss of the season.

Smith took over from Steve Bruce in October - he had previously been at Brentford. 

Their top goalscorer is Tammy Abraham, who has bagged 19 league goals this season.

Last time out

Our last meeting was in December, as Albion twice came from behind to steal a late point at The Hawthorns in a 2-2 draw.

Villa took the lead through a deflected Anwar El Ghazi shot, which was cancelled out through a brilliant goal by Dwight Gayle from an Albion counter-attack.

Just before the hour mark, El Ghazi fired in a superb strike from the edge of the box, but the Baggies came from behind once more with a last-gasp equaliser from Jay Rodriguez in front of the Birmingham Road End.

Stats

Albion

• Darren Moore's side are the highest scorers in the league so far, with 62 goals. 

• The Baggies have won six of their last seven games away from home.

• Albion have the best goal difference in the league, scoring 22 goals more than they have conceded.

Opposition

• Villa have won just two of their last twelve games.

• Dean Smith's side have drawn 14 league games this season, the most in the league.

• This season Villa have won just six of their 16 home games.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's 2-1 victory at Villa Park in 2011, as the Baggies came from behind to win all of the points in front of the delighted travelling support.

Darren Bent fired Villa in front from the penalty spot, but after a Chris Herd sending off, Albion were in the ascendency. The man advantage paid dividends as Jonas Olsson scored a header to equalise and Paul Scharner fired in the winner for the Baggies.

Head to head

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

Of the 168 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 54 times, there have been 37 draws and Villa have won on 77 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is James Linington, and he'll be assisted by Mark Russell and Robert Merchant - with Stephen Martin as the fourth official.

James Linington has refereed the Baggies once this season, officiating for Albion's 2-1 win at Swansea City.

Ticket news

Albion's game at Villa is a complete sell-out. There will be 2,167 Baggies cheering on Darren Moore's men.

Supporters that don't have a ticket to watch the game at Villa Park can watch it at The Hawthorns on the big screens for £5. To buy a ticket for The Hawthorns screening, click here.

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, former Albion player Andy Johnson 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.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Aston Villa 0 Albion 2

16 February 2019

Albion claimed the derby spoils at Aston Villa as they celebrated a 2-0 victory courtesy of two goals in the space of four first-half minutes.

Fit-again Hal Robson-Kanu sent a looping header over Lovre Kalinic in the 41st minute before Jay Rodriguez added a quickfire second off a post from long range, his 17th goal of the season, to settle an enthralling encounter at Villa Park.

It sent the 2,167 Baggies fans present, as well as the 2,500 watching on big screens back at The Hawthorns, into raptures.

It was Albion's first trip across the midlands to face their neighbours since securing all three points in 2015, ensuring back-to-back away triumphs at Villa. 

Victory means Albion have now won seven of their last eight away matches in the Sky Bet Championship, keeping four successive clean sheets on the road in all competitions.

Darren Moore made three changes from the midweek draw against Nottingham Forest, Robson-Kanu and Ahmed Hegazi returning from injury alongside captain Gareth Barry.

Mason Holgate was denied by a last-ditch Tommy Elphick challenge after just four minutes, yet Albion were indebted to Sam Johnstone shortly afterwards for a crucial point-blank save to deny Tammy Abraham from 12 yards.

Kalinic was alert to parry Jacob Murphy's curling long-range effort as the encounter flowed from end to end amid a pulsating 39,263 atmosphere.

Murphy shot straight at Kalinic when played through down the left channel in the 23rd minute, before being thwarted by Tyrone Mings' challenge when sent into a similar position just after the half-hour mark.

Yet the Baggies finally made the breakthrough in the 41st minute.

Holgate delivered an inch-perfect cross from the right which was met by Robson-Kanu, who sent a looping header over Kalinic.

And the visiting faithful were in dreamland just four minutes later.

Rodriguez pounced on possession in a promising central area, surged forward and drilled home a 20-yard strike off the inside of a post.

Sam Field replaced goalscorer Robson-Kanu at the interval, with Harper taking a central attacking role, while Villa were forced to introduce goalkeeper Jed Steer in place of the injured Kalinic.

Jake Livermore headed off the line early in the second period as an open encounter continued after the break, albeit with the Baggies largely looking to soak up pressure and looking to hit the hosts on the counter-attack.

Moore introduced Kyle Bartley in place of Murphy in the 78th minute, with Johnstone called upon to make a smart save from John McGinn as openings became few and far between and the mature visitors excellently managed their two-goal advantage.

Mings headed wide for the home side before Barry, who spent over a decade with Villa, was handed a rousing reception by all supporters when replaced late on.

Yet it was the Baggies supporters celebrating at the final whistle.

 Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Harper, Barry (c) (Johansen 86), Livermore, Robson-Kanu (Field 46), Rodriguez, Murphy (Bartley 78).

Subs: Bond, Adarabioyo, Montero, Hoolahan.

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Ticket News

Villa game set for Hawthorns screening

12 February 2019

Albion’s away allocation at Villa Park may have sold out - but Baggies fans can still come together to back their team at The Hawthorns.

The local derby will be beamed back to the big screens at The Hawthorns for supporters to enjoy from the West Stand.  

The Saturday 3pm kick-off will not be available on iFollow and this will be the only opportunity for non-Villa Park ticket holders to watch the action live. 

Tickets are available for just £5 per person and can be booked online here, in-person from the East Stand Ticket Office, or by calling 0121 227 2227. Please note tickets must be purchased in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Turnstiles will open at 2pm for fans to take their seats with concourse kiosks open for fans to enjoy refreshments, including alcoholic drinks, from the comfort of the West Stand. 

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