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Villa v Albion match preview

10 May 2019

Albion head to West Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Saturday for a Sky Bet Championship Play-Off semi-final showdown (ko 12.30pm).

The opposition

Villa finished their league campaign in fifth place, four points and one league position behind the Baggies. They come into this game following a 2-1 home loss against champions Norwich City.

Former Brentford boss Dean Smith took over as Villa manager in October following the departure of Steve Bruce. Their top goalscorer is Tammy Abraham, who has bagged 25 league goals this season.

Albion have taken four points from two games against Villa this term. 

In December, a last-gasp equaliser from Jay Rodriguez earned the Baggies a late point in a 2-2 draw. Anwar El Ghazi had twice put Villa ahead, with Dwight Gayle scoring an excellent leveller for Albion to make it 1-1.

You can read about the second meeting below...

Last time out

Albion secured a 2-0 win over the Villans in their second meeting of the campaign at Villa Park. Hal Robson-Kanu headed the Baggies into the lead, before Rodriguez doubled Albion’s lead four minutes later with a strike from 20 yards.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have won six of their last ten games.

• The 45 goals that Gayle and Rodriguez have scored for Albion this season is the highest of any attacking duo in the Championship, with Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick of Sheffield United the next most prolific, with 38 goals.

• Albion have won 11 away games this season - a record which they have only bettered in one other EFL season in their 119-year history.

Opposition

• Albion have won on their last two visits to Villa Park, scoring three and not conceding.

• Tammy Abraham is the only player to have scored ten or more goals in Villa’s squad.

 The Baggies are unbeaten in their last four games against Aston Villa, winning twice at Villa Park and drawing twice at The Hawthorns.

From the archive

You can see highlights from Albion’s 2-0 win at Villa Park in February below…

Head to head

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

Of the 169 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 55 times, there have been 37 draws and Villa have won on 77 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is Graham Scott, and he'll be assisted by Neil Davies and Derek Eaton - with Simon Hooper as the fourth official.

Scott is yet to referee Albion this season. In his 28 games he has dished out 66 yellow cards and two reds.

Ticket news

Tickets are sold out and Albion will be backed by the support of 2,000 Baggies.

Thank you, as always, for your excellent support.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Villa 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, former Albion player Andy Johnson 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.

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Match Reports

Villa 2 Albion 1

11 May 2019

Albion fell to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa in their Play-Off semi-final first leg at Villa Park.

Dwight Gayle's 24th goal of the season handed the Baggies a 16th-minute lead in a highly-charged encounter, coming after Jay Rodriguez had already seen his earlier effort rebound off the crossbar.

Yet midlands neighbours Villa hit back with two goals in four second-half minutes to take a slender advantage into Tuesday's second leg at The Hawthorns, although the Baggies will be without Gayle after the striker saw red late on following a second bookable offence.

Substitute Conor Hourihane levelled matters with a fierce drive in the 75th minute before Tammy Abraham added a second from the penalty spot shortly afterwards.

It leaves the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off finely poised heading into next week's 171st meeting between the two clubs in front of a sell-out home crowd.

Caretaker Head Coach Jimmy Shan made two changes from the final day of the regular season at Derby County, captain Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips coming in for Rekeem Harper and Jacob Murphy.

Glenn Whelan headed over an early opportunity for the hosts but it was Albion who came closest with 11 minutes on the clock as Rodriguez's curling effort was pushed on to the crossbar by Jed Steer.

Abraham volleyed over before the Baggies struck first in the semi-final encounter, Gayle capitalising on a mistake from Whelan to drive forward and drill the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.

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Both sides wrestled for control after the breakthrough, with a high-tempo and open encounter flowing from end to end, albeit with neither keeper seriously called into action.

Tyrone Mings forced a solid save from Johnstone in injury time as the first half drew to a close, with Albion holding a lead.

Dawson, who sustained an injury just before the break, was unable to continue and replaced by Tyrone Mears at the interval.

Johnstone saved well with his feet to deny Abraham soon after the restart, as the fiercely-contested clash continued to entertain.

Jacob Murphy replaced Matt Phillips after 66 minutes, with Bartley sending a header back across goal and wide from Brunt's corner soon afterwards.

Yet the hosts pulled themselves level courtesy of sub Hourihane's drive from the edge of the box.

And it was the home side who led in the 79th minute as Abraham slotted home a penalty following Kieran Gibbs' challenge on Jack Grealish.

Referee Graham Scott showed Gayle a second yellow card in the 88th minute as Albion finished the closely-fought encounter with 10 men heading into Tuesday's eagerly-anticipated second leg.

Albion: Johnstone, Dawson (Mears 46), Bartley, Hegazi, Holgate, Johansen (Morrison 85), Brunt (c), Gibbs, Phillips (Murphy 66), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bond, Townsend, Field, Montero.

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