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Sheffield Wednesday v Albion match preview

3 October 2018

ALBION travel to Hillsborough on Wednesday evening as they look to claim back-to-back away wins in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Before the midweek fixtures Sheffield Wednesday sat 12th in the table having picked up 15 points by winning four, drawing three and losing three of their opening 10 fixtures.

They are managed by former Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Augsburg and Stuttgart boss Jos Luhukay - who took over in January 2018 and guided the Club to a 15th placed finish last season.

Over the summer the Owls brought in Josh Onomah and Michael Hector on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively, with Jordan Rhodes going the other way to Norwich City for the season and defender Jack Hunt also leaving for an undisclosed fee to Bristol City.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the two teams was back in March 2010 when the Baggies recorded a 1-0 win over Wednesday at The Hawthorns.

Earlier that season Albion had beaten the Owls 4-0 at Hillsborough thanks to a Simon Cox brace as well as goals from Jerome Thomas and Chris Brunt.

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are now five unbeaten in the Championship after the win at Preston North End on Saturday, sitting top of the division before the midweek matches having accumulated 20 points from the opening 10 fixtures - scoring a league-high 25 goals in the process.
  • Jay Rodriguez leads Albion’s top scorers chart having netted seven times so far this season.
  • The Baggies haven’t lost to Wednesday in any of their last four outings - winning three and drawing the other one.

Sheffield Wednesday

  • The Owls drew 1-1 with Leeds United in their most recent match at Hillsborough on Friday evening.
  • Midfielder Barry Bannan will miss Wednesday night’s game through suspension.
  • Adam Reach is their top scorer, netting three times since the beginning of the campaign - including a spectacular effort against Leeds.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the most recent meeting between the sides at Hillsborough...

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Wednesday come out on top.

Of the 115 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 36 times, Wednesday have been victorious on 53 occasions and there have been 26 draws.

Ticket news

Seats for the game are on general sale to Albion supporters.

The Baggies have been given an initial allocation of 2,068 seats for the fixture, and tickets are priced £33 adults, £23 seniors (65+) & U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s and £5 U5s. They can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm, is available for £17.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Sheffield Wednesday 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 Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Wednesday 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.

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Match Reports

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Albion 2

3 October 2018

HARVEY Barnes' stunning late impact earned a dramatic 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday and extended Albion's unbeaten sequence in the Sky Bet Championship to six matches.

The 20-year-old forward ran solo from his own half, holding off the attentions of four Owls defenders, before slotting home a special 87th-minute equaliser to claim a share of the spoils at Hillsborough.

That came just 60 seconds after he battled for the crucial touch to get the Baggies, who found themselves 2-0 down with five minutes to play, back in the game, with the close-range strike eventually credited as as Joey Pelupessy own goal.

Adam Reach had earlier put Wednesday ahead with a stunning 30-yard strike into the top corner midway through the first half before Fernando Forestieri doubled the hosts' advantage just before the interval.

The late point means Darren Moore's side, who hit the crossbar through Dwight Gayle in the first period, remain unbeaten in the league since late August and have now taken 14 points from the last 18 on offer.

Captain Chris Brunt, the sole change from Saturday's victory at Preston, went close with a free-kick after 16 minutes amid an open start to proceedings.

Forestieri tested Sam Johnstone at the other end before Gayle saw penalty appeals waved away following a challenge by Michael Hector in the area.

And the decision proved crucial as, within a minute, Reach left fly with a long-range effort into the top corner which left Johnstone with no chance.

Reach, building a growing reputation for impressive strikes, sent a half-volley off target just after 30 minutes.

The Owls were indebted to Cameron Dawson for a super one-handed save to deny Tyrone Mears and, as was the case with the first goal, a key incident at one end went on to have an immediate impact at the other.

The hosts broke out wide and a defensive mix-up saw Craig Dawson flick on Matt Penney's cross and inadvertedly find Forestieri, who slammed home from six yards.

Gayle almost reduced the arrears before the break but saw his ferocious strike cannon back off the crossbar.

Albion flew out of the traps at the start of the second half in search of a route back into the encounter but could not find a way through.

Forestieri went close for the Owls, firing wide when faced with just Johnstone to beat, before then testing the Baggies keeper with a low strike. 

Darren Moore made a triple substitution after 65 minutes, turning to Hal Robson-Kanu, Gareth Barry and Wes Hoolahan.

And it was Barry who almost reduced the arrears, firing narrowly wide, as Albion pressed for a lifeline.

They eventually got it in the 86th minute, Barnes battling with Pelupessy to be first to connect with Brunt's driven cross to turn the ball home - giving the travelling faithful a glimmer of hope.

And their support was rewarded just a minute later as the Baggies levelled the scores.

Again it was Barnes who proved crucial, weaving his way through Wednesday defenders before cutting in and drilling past Dawson - a quite sensational goal.

A manic seven minutes of stoppage time followed but the points were shared in South Yorkshire.

ALBION: Johnstone, Dawson, Hegazi, Bartley, Mears (Barry 65), Livermore, Brunt (c), Gibbs, Barnes, Rodriguez (Robson-Kanu 65), Gayle (Hoolahan 65).

Subs: Myhill, Adarabioyo, Field, Edwards.

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Ticket News

Sheffield Wednesday on general sale

1 October 2018

TICKETS for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday are now on general sale.

The Baggies have been handed an initial allocation of 2,068 seats for the fixture with the Owls at Hillsborough on Wednesday, October 3 (ko 7.45pm).

Tickets are priced £33 adults, £23 seniors (65+) & U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s and £5 U5s. They can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm, is available for £17.

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