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09 February 2019 Venue bet365 Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Stoke v Albion match preview

9 February 2019

Albion travel to Stoke City's bet365 Stadium on Saturday for a Midlands derby in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 5.30pm).

The opposition

Stoke City are currently in 15th position in the table, and are managed by Nathan Jones, who took over from Gary Rowett in January.

Nathan Jones' side have won just once under his management - and lost four times, including a surprise exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Shrewsbury Town.

Former Albion players Darren Fletcher, James McLean and Saido Berahino are all amongst the ranks at the Potters.

Last time out

Our last meeting was in September as Dwight Gayle scored a double within an hour to propel the Baggies to victory over their Midlands rivals in the league.

A brilliant Erik Pieters shot rocketed into the roof of the Albion net late on to provide Stoke with a consolation goal, but the Baggies held on to see out a 2-1 win.

Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have won five of their last six away games, clocking up 15 points from a possible 18.
• On average, Albion have won 1.71 points from each away game this season.
• Albion are the highest scorers in the league, with 59 goals to their name.

Opposition

• Have scored three league goals in the four games that Nathan Jones has been in charge.
• Stoke's top scorer this season, Benik Afobe, has scored 7 league goals - six of these have been scored away from home.
• The Potters haven't scored three or more goals in any single game this season.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's 2-1 win at the Bet365 Stadium in 2012.

James Morrison opened the scoring for the Baggies in the first half, before Cameron Jerome scored a late penalty to level for the Potters with under five minutes to play.

However, at the death Graham Dorrans scored from a low free-kick to win Albion all three points.

 

Head to head

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

Of the 144 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 47 times, there have been 37 draws and the Potters have won on 60 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is Jeremy Simpson, and he'll be assisted by Nick Hopton and Nigel Lugg, whilst Scott Duncan will be the fourth official.

Jeremy Simpson has refereed Albion three times this season - officiating for Albion's 4-2 victory against Bristol City at The Hawthorns, Albion's 2-1 away win at Sheffield United and the 1-0 loss away at Wigan Athletic.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game at Stoke have sold out. Albion will be backed by 2,900 supporters at the bet365 Stadium.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Middlesbrough 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.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Stoke City 0 Albion 1

9 February 2019

Albion made it six wins from their last seven away games to keep their Sky Bet Championship promotion challenge on course at Stoke City.

A solitary Dwight Gayle goal in the first half was enough to decide a clash they had controlled before the break but which required some solid defensive resistance to see over the line. 

It was Gayle’s 16th goal of the season and clinched an impressive response from Darren Moore’s men to their 3-2 defeat by Middlesbrough a week earlier.

Albion gave two of their January recruits Stefan Johansen and Jacob Murphy their full debuts while the third newcomer Jefferson Montero came off the bench to replace Murphy for his first action in the final 10 minutes.

But it was a solid team showing which will delight the Baggies head coach and sets up the team for a busy week which takes in the visit of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night before the derby at Villa Park in a week’s time.

Albion were the dominant force throughout the first period and might have added to their lead in both the first and last action of the opening 45 minutes. But Jake Livermore and Jay Rodriguez could not quite get the connections they would have wanted from similar positions.

Albion’s opening goal was a peach of a set piece as Johansen took control of a free-kick midway and central in Stoke’s half. A superbly-flighted delivery was cushioned across the face of Stoke’s six-yard line by Ahmed Hegazi’s left-foot volley for Gayle to rise between two defenders and head home.

Stoke pushed on to Albion after the break but with Hegazi in outstanding form and his team mates equally resilient, keeper Sam Johnstone was given blanket protection from the men in front.

Albion were left to salute the backing of 2,900 Albion fans who kept up a barrage of noise throughout the contest and saw their team through four minutes of added time to victory.

Albion: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Livermore, Barry, Johansen (Harper 80), Rodriguez, Gayle (Bartley 90+2), Murphy (Montero 73).

Subs: Bond, Mears, Hoolahan, Field.

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Ticket News

Ticket details for Stoke trip

9 January 2019

Tickets for Albion's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Stoke City will go on sale on Thursday, January 10.

The Baggies have been handed an initial allocation of just over 1,900 tickets for the fixture against the Potters at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, February 9 (ko 5.30pm).

Tickets are priced £25 for adults, £19 for seniors (65+) and disabled supporters, £15 for U17s and just £12 for U11s.

Away season-ticket holders can purchase seats from Thursday, January 10, online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Home season-ticket holders can buy tickets from Saturday, January 12, online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Members can secure their seat online from Monday, January 14, or in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227 from Thursday, January 17.

Any remaining seats will go to general sale on Monday, January 21.

Coach travel, leaving Kidderminster at 1.30pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 1.45pm and The Hawthorns at 2:30pm, is available for £13.

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