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Match Previews

Ipswich Town v Albion match preview

23 November 2018

ALBION return from the international break with a trip to Ipswich Town’s Portman Road on Friday evening (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Ipswich are currently sat bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after recording one win, eight draws and eight losses from their opening 17 fixtures.

They are managed by former Norwich City and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, who took over from Paul Hurst last month.

The Tractor Boys had a busy summer under former boss Hurst, who brought in seven permanent signings as well as five players on loan. They also sold Martyn Waghorn, Adam Webster, Joe Garner and youngster Ben Knight.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the teams was in December 2010 when Ipswich ran out 1-0 winners in a Carling Cup quarter-final at Portman Road.

Albion’s last league visit to Suffolk was a 1-1 draw in the January of that year as a Chris Brunt stoppage time equaliser earned Roberto Di Matteo’s men a point.

Brunty celebrates his late leveller

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are the highest scorers in the division after netting 37 league goals so far this season.
  • Following on from his backheel against Leeds, Dwight Gayle has now scored nine times in just 15 Baggies appearances. 
  • Kieran Gibbs made his 50th Albion appearance in our last outing.

Ipswich Town

  • Paul Lambert remains unbeaten as Ipswich manager having guided his new side to two draws from his first two games.
  • Despite that, Town are without a win in five fixtures - with their last victory coming against Swansea at the start of October.
  • Ipswich are yet to claim three points at home this season.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's last win against Ipswich back in 2009...

Head to head

Ipswich come out on top in the overall head-to-head record.

Of the 70 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 21 times, Ipswich have won on 33 occasions and there have been 16 draws.

Ticket news 

Tickets for the game have been slashed by Ipswich.

Seats are now £10 adults & seniors (65+), £5 U23s & U19s and just £3 U12s. 

Tickets are now on general sale and can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Baggies supporters who purchased tickets at the original prices will be refunded. 

The club will automatically refund the payment card used for those who booked tickets online.

Supporters who purchased tickets either in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or over the phone will need to contact the ticket office on 0121 227 2227 to arrange a refund.

Coach travel, leaving Kidderminster at 1pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 1.15pm and The Hawthorns at 2pm, is available for £22.

Follow the game 

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Ipswich 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 Drew Williams for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday night.

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

Ipswich 1 Albion 2

23 November 2018

ALBION marked their return to Sky Bet Championship action with a 2-1 triumph over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

The Friday-night clash was the Baggies' first outing since November's international break but they picked up where they left off against Leeds United at The Hawthorns last time out.

Jay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes fired the Baggies into a two-goal lead before Kayden Jackson set up a grandstand finish with a late response.

Darren Moore named an unchanged XI from the 4-1 victory over Marcelo Bielsa's men and deployed the same system in Suffolk against the league's bottom club.

The visitors saw the better of the first-half action, Rodriguez flicking a header over the crossbar from close range before Barnes flashed an effort wide of the mark.

Ahmed Hegazi, who was imperious at the heart of Albion's defence, should have done better with a clear sight of goal but was spared any blushes by team-mate Rodriguez who opened the scoring midway through the opening period.

Lax Ipswich defending allowed Matt Phillips time and space to float a ball in the direction of Kieran Gibbs at the back post. He nodded back across goal to allow Rodriguez a simple tap-in with 27 minutes on the clock.

In truth, the England international could have had a hat-trick, first failing to convert from inside the area after a mazy run from Barnes and fluffing his lines when one-on-one with Bartosz Bialkowski in the Town goal.

The hosts came on strongly as the hour mark approached, with two corners causing havoc in the Albion penalty area and Trevoh Chalobah fizzing a drive left of the upright.

But it was a devastating Albion counter-attack that sealed the points with just over ten minutes remaining. Barnes, who had earlier struck a post, cut inside from the right to fire past Bialkowski and add a second after more fine work from the excellent Matt Phillips.

Jackson nipped in to steal the ball from the feet of Tosin Adarabioyo and pull a late goal back for the hosts but Albion held on to claim all three points and move up to second in the table.

ALBION: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Phillips, Livermore (c), Morrison (Barry 89); Robson-Kanu (Gayle 75), Rodriguez, Barnes.

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Townsend, Hoolahan, Harper.

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Ticket News

Important ticket info for Ipswich trip

21 November 2018

TICKET prices for Albion’s trip to Ipswich Town on Friday, November 23 (ko 7.45pm) have been slashed by the home club.

Seats are now £10 adults & seniors (65+), £5 U23s & U19s and just £3 U12s. 

Tickets are now on general sale and can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Baggies supporters who purchased tickets at the original prices will be refunded. 

The club will automatically refund the payment card used for those who booked tickets online.

Supporters who purchased tickets either in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or over the phone will need to contact the ticket office on 0121 227 2227 to arrange a refund.

Coach travel, leaving Kidderminster at 1pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 1.15pm and The Hawthorns at 2pm, is available for £22.

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