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Albion v Sheffield United match preview

21 February 2019

Albion will host Sheffield United to The Hawthorns this Saturday for an important clash at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table (ko 5.30pm).

The opposition

Sheffield United are currently second in the league, one point ahead of the Baggies, who are fourth.

They are managed by Chris Wilder, who is a former player of theirs. 

Billy Sharp is the Blades' top goalscorer, with 22 league goals to his name.

Last time out

Our last meeting was in December, as the Baggies came from behind to take all three points in a 2-1 victory at Brammall Lane.

David McGoldrick struck first for the Blades, but Gareth Barry levelled the scores before half-time, meaning that when Kieran Gibbs fired a shot past Dean Henderson into the back of the net, it secured the victory for Albion.

Stats

Albion

• The Baggies are the top goalscorers in the league, hitting the back of the net 67 times this season.
• Darren Moore's side have a goal difference of 25, which is the best in the league - Sheffield United are second best, with a goal difference of 24.
• Albion have lost just two out of their last 17 league games.

Opposition

• Sheffield United have picked up just two points from their last three away games in the league.
• Of the four games that the Blades have played against the other top-four teams, they have picked up just four points.
• Wilder's side have lost eight times this season - with five of their losses coming on the road.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's 3-1 victory against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns in January 2010.

A Graham Dorrans penalty put Albion in front with Roman Bednar extending the Baggies' lead before half-time. The visitors managed to pull one back from a Darius Henderson penalty after the break, but Jerome Thomas made sure that it made little difference as he restored Albion's two goal lead a minute later to seal the points.

Head to head

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

Of the 112 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 44 times, there have been 27 draws and the Blades have won 41 of those matches.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is Oliver Langford, and he'll be assisted by Akil Howson and Philip Dermott, with Darren Bond as the fourth official.

Oliver Langford has refereed two Albion games this season. This will be his first game this season at The Hawthorns, having previously officiated as Albion drew 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday and lost 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers.

Ticket news

Tickets for Albion's clash against the Blades are on general sale.

Adults £20/23
Seniors 60+ £15/17
Students £15
Under-23s £15
Under-18s £10
Disabled £10
Under-11s £5

Tickets 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 the Blades 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, Dave Bowler and former Albion player Andy Johnson, who is once again linking up with our team 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

Albion 0 Sheffield United 1

23 February 2019

Albion suffered a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.

Kieran Dowell headed home the only goal of the game for the Blades in the 14th minute to end Albion's four-match unbeaten sequence and inflict only a third defeat in 18 league matches.

It was just the fourth time this season the Baggies have drawn a blank and the first time their attacking threats have been thwarted on home soil.

Darren Moore's side will be looking to make amends when they travel to fellow high-fliers Leeds United next Friday.

Albion showed four changes from the dramatic last-gasp win at QPR in midweek, Gareth Barry, Rekeem Harper and Dwight Gayle returning alongside fit-again Matt Phillips, who made his first start since New Year's Day.

Yet it was the visitors who struck the first blow on the counter-attack, Martin Cranie capping off a break with a sliding cross for Dowell to send a looping header over Johnstone.

The Baggies goalkeeper was called upon to make a superb one-handed save to deny Marvin Johnson just minutes later.

Mason Holgate curled an effort wide after 24 minutes before Johnstone, again, had to be at his best to deny David McGoldrick from a tight angle.

Gayle narrowly failed to connect with Harper's attempted shot before Craig Dawson's header, from another corner, was collected by Dean Henderson, with the Blades leading at the interval.

Clear-cut openings were few and far between at the start of the second half, with defences firmly on top.

Jefferson Montero and Tosin Adarabioyo were introduced shortly after the hour mark, replacing Phillips and the injured Hegazi respectively.

Gayle could not fully connect with Kieran Gibbs' left-wing cross before United substitute Gary Madine sent a tame effort straight at Johnstone at the other end.

Jay Rodriguez saw a late goal disallowed for handball and Gayle was denied by Henderson as the Baggies tasted defeat.

Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi (Adarabioyo 64), Gibbs, Harper, Barry (c), Livermore (Edwards 87), Phillips (Montero 64), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bond, Bartley, Field, Johansen.

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Ticket News

Sheffield United tickets on general sale

21 February 2019

Tickets for Albion's Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield United remain on general sale.

The Baggies face the Blades at The Hawthorns on Saturday, February 23 (ko 5.30pm) in an eagerly-anticipated encounter between the promotion rivals.

Just one point separates the two top-four sides as Albion look to build on back-to-back away victories over Aston Villa and QPR. 

Prices

Adults £20/23
Seniors 60+ £15/17
Students £15
Under-23s £15
Under-18s £10
Disabled £10
Under-11s £5

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

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