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Albion v Wigan Athletic match preview

5 January 2019

ALBION begin their FA Cup campaign with a lunchtime Hawthorns tie against Wigan Athletic this Saturday (ko 12.30pm).

The opposition 

Fellow Sky Bet Championship side Wigan Athletic are 20th in the division after a difficult spell that’s seen them not pick up a win since the end of November.

Following promotion from League One the Latics had made a strong start to the campaign before running into their current rough patch, with the New Year’s Day defeat to Sheffield United their last outing.

This weekend’s clash will be the third time that Albion have faced Wigan in the past three months, with the teams winning one each up to now.

Last time out

Our last meeting was as recently as Boxing Day, with Albion running out 2-0 victors thanks to a Jay Rodriguez brace.

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Albion

  • Saturday’s game will be the first ever FA Cup tie between Albion and Wigan Athletic.
  • It takes place almost exactly one year to the day since the Baggies’ FA Cup Third Round victory over Exeter City last season.
  • Despite Darren Moore’s side losing their unbeaten run on the weekend, Jay Rodriguez’s penalty ensured they’ve now scored in 10 successive matches. It’s the longest scoring streak since Autumn 2012 (12 in all competitions).

Wigan Athletic

  • The teams have met three times in cup competitions (W1, D1, L1) and each has a 3-1 win apiece.
  • Paul Cook’s side made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup alongside winning League One last season, beating the likes of Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City before being knocked out by Southampton.
  • Wigan are winless from their last seven matches (D2, L5).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last game against the Latics…

Any excuse to watch Rodriguez’s strike again!

Head to head

Wigan just about come out on top in the head-to-head record, though Albion could draw level with a win this weekend.

Of the 21 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed eight times, there have been four stalemates and Wigan have won on nine occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Keith Stroud, and he’ll be assisted by Steven Meredith and Mark Pottage - with Josh Smith as the fourth official.

Stroud has refereed two Throstles games this season; the defeat at Hull and the win over Ipswich.

Ticket news

Prices have been slashed for our third-round tie against Wigan and tickets remain on general sale.

Seats are just £1 for under-18s, £5 concessions and £10 adults. 

The kids-for-a-quid offer is only available in advance of matchday. All concessions, including under-18s, will be priced at £5 on the day of the game, with adult tickets remaining £10.

Supporters can purchase seats 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. Subscribers can join Sean Watts and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

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 1 Wigan 0

5 January 2019

ALBION sealed their placed in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns.

Bakary Sako's first goal in an Albion shirt proved to be the difference between the two sides, with the Baggies forward heading past Jamie Jones just after the half-hour mark to give the hosts the lead.

Albion dominated large parts of the game and were unfortunate not to double their lead having created an array of chances. Darren Moore's men soaked up a late resurgence from the visitors to seal a place in Monday's draw.

The Baggies boss made nine changes to the side that travelled to Blackburn, with only Tosin Adarabioyo and Kyle Bartley in situ from the New Year's Day fixture.

New-boy Mason Holgate made his Albion debut, with fellow youngsters Sam Field, Rekeem Harper and Jonathan Leko all in the Albion starting XI.

The early stages saw Jonathan Bond keep out a low effort from Will Grigg, turning it around the post with a strong hand, which was followed by a Chey Dunkley header going over the bar from the resulting corner.

Albion responded by having a Kyle Bartley header blocked from a Chris Brunt free-kick, before the skipper caused further havoc with a whipped ball in from the left, but Leko failed to capitalise from close-range.

A tremendous curling free-kick from Brunt was tipped wide by Jamie Jones on 30, but the Latic's keeper could not keep the Baggies at bay moments later.

Brunt's left-wing cross from just inside the box found Sako who headed through the arms of Jones, onto the bar, and over the line from close-range, with the celebrations temporarily delayed while Hawkeye confirmed the goal should stand.

After the opener Albion asserted their dominance, in seach of a second, with Holgate tip-toeing his way past two defenders on the right, before cutting inside to test Jones with a low curling shot.

It was the hosts that looked to stretch their lead after the break, as Harper played through Sako, who went one-on-one with Jones in the Wigan goal.

However, Albion's goalscorer could not double his tally and was denied firstly by the legs of the Wigan stopper, before his second effort was blocked by Dunkley on the line.

The Baggies remained in the ascendancy, with Leko bursting into the box from the left but he skewed his shot well wide from eight yards. The search for a second continued as Holgate headed just over from an Albion corner moments later.

The one-goal advantage remained, with substitute Hal Robson-Kanu going through to fire a left-foot drive well over the bar and into the Birmingham Road End, before having his claims for a penalty waved away late on.

It mattered little with Albion holding on to secure their place in the fourth-round draw.

ALBION: Bond, Holgate, Bartley, Adarabioyo, Townsend, Field, Harper (Morrison 87), Brunt (c), Hoolahan (Edwards 71), Leko (Robson-Kanu 78), Sako.

Subs: Palmer, Mears, Fitzwater, Howkins.

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