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Albion v Birmingham City match preview

28 March 2019

Albion take on local rivals Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night at The Hawthorns (ko 8pm).

The opposition 

The last time Albion faced Birmingham at home was over eight years ago, with Blues currently in their eighth season in the Championship.
 
They are managed by Garry Monk, who has been with the Club just over a year. They are currently 18th place in the table following their nine-point deduction.
 
Last time out
 
Our last meeting with Birmingham City was at St Andrew's in September 2018.
 
Jota put Blues in front within the opening half-hour, but Matt Phillips equalised before the break ensuring the points were shared.
 
 
Stats
 
Albion
 
• Albion's attacking duo of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle are the joint-most prolific in the league. The Baggies forwards have bagged 34 between them, an effort only matched by Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick of Sheffield United.
• When Kyle Edwards scored against Brentford, he became the 17th Albion player to net in the league for the Baggies this season.
• Sam Johnstone has kept two successive clean sheets for the first time in this calendar year, keeping out Swansea City at The Hawthorns and Brentford at Griffin Park.
 
Opposition
 
• Blues have lost their last four league games.
• Garry Monk's side haven't scored in their last four league games.
• Have taken just six points off the top six in the league this season out of a possible 27.
  
From the archive
 
Here are the highlights from Albion’s 3-1 victory at The Hawthorns against Birmingham City in September 2010.
 
Cameron Jerome had given Blues the lead after 15 minutes, but in the second-half the Baggies hit three, with a Scott Dann own goal levelling the scores. Goals by Peter Odemwingie and Jonas Olsson followed to give Albion the points.
 
 
Head to head 
 
The Baggies come out on top in the head-to-head record.
 
Of the 128 matches that have been played, Albion have triumphed 57 times, there have been 36 draws and Blues have won on 35 occasions.
 
Man in the middle 
 
The referee for Friday’s match is David Webb, and he’ll be assisted by Lee Venamore and Robert Merchant - with Gavin Ward as the fourth official.
 
David Webb has refereed Albion once this season, overseeing the Baggies' 2-0 win at Bolton in January.
 
Ticket news
 
The game is on sale to season ticket holders or members who have attended at least two games in either the 2017/18 season or the current 2018/19 campaign, and therefore will have accumulated 10 loyalty points.
 
There are no plans for tickets to this game to go on general sale.

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. 

Follow the game
 
Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Blues 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 former Albion player Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday.
 
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 3 Birmingham City 2

29 March 2019

Albion showed spirit and determination aplenty to twice come from behind and secure a thrilling 3-2 derby victory over midlands neighbours Birmingham City.

The Baggies secured the spoils and local bragging rights after a pulsating second half at The Hawthorns, ensuring they have now won all three matches under first-team coach Jimmy Shan, including back-to-back home triumphs.

Gary Gardner headed home a seventh-minute opener, the first goal conceded under Shan, to hand the visitors a half-time advantage.

Dwight Gayle nodded his 17th goal of the season to draw level just minutes into the second half, ending a six-match sequence without a goal, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to again put Blues in front as he headed in from another corner.

Yet Albion turned the game on its head when Jay Rodriguez slotted home his 19th of the camapign from the penalty spot and Jake Livermore drilled home a superb winner from the edge of the area 16 minutes from time.

The Friday night triumph put the Baggies within four points of the automatic promotion paces, and they will be looking to continue their momentum at Millwall next Saturday. 

Albion showed one change from the victory at Brentford prior to the international break, Livermore coming in for Stefan Johansen.

Yet it was the visitors who struck early following a succession of corners as Gardner found space to head home Connor Mahoney's delivery from close range.

The hosts were enjoying the better of the possession in the opening quarter but it was Blues who posed the greater threat in the final third.

Ahmed Hegazi's last-ditch sliding block kept out Che Adams' goalbound effort just after the half-hour mark, before Rodriguez headed off target at the back post at the other end.

Jutkiewicz directed a header straight at Sam Johnstone while Gayle headed a good opening over the crossbar from Chris Brunt's injury-time corner.

Hal Robson-Kanu replaced James Morrison at the interval and it was Albion who drew level within two minutes of the restart, Brunt's inswinging free-kick nodded home by Gayle.

Yet the visitors struck again from another corner in the 59th minute, Jutkiewicz rising highest at the back post while Hegazi was off the pitch receiving treatment.

However, amid a dramatic second half, the Baggies showed character to pull level once again, Rodriguez sending Lee Camp the wrong way from the penalty spot after Conor Townsend was tripped by Mahoney.

Shan turned to Jacob Murphy off the bench in the 72nd minute and, shortly afterwards, Livermore drilled home from 18 yards as the visitors could only half-clear Gayle's cross.

It secured all three points in the first meeting between the two sides at The Hawthorns since 2010, and extended Albion's unbeaten run to six matches against their near neighbours.

Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Townsend, Morrison (Robson-Kanu 46), Livermore, Brunt (c), Edwards (Murphy 72), Gayle, Rodriguez.

Subs: Bond, Mears, Bartley, Johansen, Harper.

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Ticket News

Blues tickets remain on sale

28 March 2019

Tickets remain on sale for Albion's clash with Birmingham City at The Hawthorns on Friday (ko 8pm).

You can secure your seat at The Hawthorns by clicking here.

The game is now on sale to season ticket holders or members who have attended at least two games in either the 2017/18 season or the current 2018/19 campaign, and therefore will have accumulated 10 loyalty points.

There are no plans for tickets to this game to go on general sale.

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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