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Albion v Middlesbrough match preview

1 February 2019

Albion will welcome Middlesbrough to The Hawthorns as fourth take on fifth in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 3pm).

The opposition

Middlesbrough are just behind the Baggies in the table, having claimed 47 points from their 28 games so far this season.

They are managed by former Albion boss Tony Pulis, who will return to The Hawthorns for the first time after his tenure in charge of the Club ended in November 2017.

Whilst they have conceded just 20 goals during this campaign, they have only scored 31. In contrast, the Baggies have scored 57.

Last time out

Our last meeting with Middlesbrough ended in heartbreak for Albion as Daniel Ayala scored a late goal to secure a 1-0 victory and steal all three points for the Boro at The Riverside Stadium.

However, the last time that Boro travelled to The Hawthorns in the Championship, Albion won 2-0 thanks to goals from Roman Bednar and Simon Cox.



• Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez have scored 28 league goals between them this season - three less than Middlesbrough have in their Sky Bet Championship campaign.

• Albion come into this game off the back of just one loss in their last 14 games in all competitions.

• The last time that the Baggies lost a game at The Hawthorns was back in October.


• If you had watched Middlesbrough this season you would have seen 51 goals, 31 for Boro and 20 against. This is the lowest of all the Sky Bet Championship sides, whilst Albion games have included 92 - 57 for the Baggies and 35 against.

• Middlesbrough have only scored three goals in a Sky Bet Championship game once this season, and that was back in August as they played their second game of the season against Sheffield United.

• Boro haven't scored in their last three visits to The Hawthorns.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's 3-0 win against Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns in January 2009.

Chris Brunt, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Robert Koren all got on the scoresheet as the Baggies comfortably beat 10-men Boro in the Premier League. 

Head to head

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

Of the 94 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 33 times, there have been 23 stalemates and Middlesbrough have won on 38 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is Tim Robinson, and he'll be assisted by Adrian Waters and Jonathan Hunt - with John Brooks as the fourth official.

Tim has refereed one Albion game this season, taking charge as the Baggies beat Millwall 2-0 at The Hawthorns earlier this season, with Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs grabbing the goals.

Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale and are priced at £20/23 for adults, £15/17 for seniors, £15 for students and U23s, £10 for disabled and U18s and just £5 for U11s.

Seven of Albion's home fixtures have already attracted an attendance in excess of 25,000 this season - with the previous four reaching a sell-out in the home section.

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

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

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Middlesbrough 3

2 February 2019

Albion fell to a 3-2 defeat against Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Middlesbrough as Britt Assombalonga scored twice late on at The Hawthorns.

Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle struck either side of half-time, each registering their 15th goals of the season, to put the Baggies in front just after the hour mark, coming after George Saville had pounced to put the visitors into the lead.

But Boro substitute Assombalonga levelled matters 15 minutes from time before firing a winner with seven minutes remaining as Albion tasted only their second defeat in 15 matches in all competitions and first on home soil since October.

Albion showed one change from the league victory at Bolton Wanderers, with Sam Field, who scored off the bench in Lancashire, named in the starting XI, while new recruits Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero were among the substitutes.

Gareth Barry, wearing the captain's armband with Chris Brunt and Jake Livermore on the bench, almost gave the hosts a dream start after just three minutes but his low shot was tipped around a post by Darren Randolph.

Yet it was Boro, managed by former Baggies boss Tony Pulis, who took the lead in the 17th minute as Saville won possession in a dangerous area, drove forward and drilled low into the far corner.

The goal checked Albion's stride and saw them lose their early rhythm, struggling to find a cutting edge despite continuing to dominate proceedings.

Yet Darren Moore's side got the breakthrough they deserved three minutes before half-time as Rodriguez pounced at the back post to convert Rekeem Harper's attempted shot.

Harper tested Randolph minutes after the restart before dragging another effort wide of target as the resurgent Baggies flew out of the traps at the start of the second period.

Sam Johnstone saved low from Jordan Hugill at the other end before the Baggies took the lead just after the hour mark, the ball falling on the edge of the penalty area to Gayle, who controlled and sent an effort beyond Randloph and into the far corner.

Murphy was introduced off the bench for his Baggies debut in the 75th minute.

However, Boro were level moments later as sub Assombalonga created space and drilled low into the net from inside the area.

Moore turned to Livermore and Brunt in a bid to force a winner, but it was Assombalonga who struck seven minutes from time to secure the spoils for Boro.

Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Harper, Barry (c) (Livermore 78), Field (Brunt 83), Robson-Kanu (Murphy 75), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bond, Adarabioyo, Bartley, Montero.

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Ticket News

Boro remains on general sale

1 February 2019

TICKETS remain on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough.

Tony Pulis’ side head to The Hawthorns on Saturday, February 2 (ko 3pm).

Seven of Albion's home fixtures have already attracted an attendance in excess of 25,000 this season - with the previous four reaching a sell-out in the home section.

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

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

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