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Albion v Blackburn Rovers match preview

26 October 2018

ALBION host Blackburn Rovers in another important Sky Bet Championship clash at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Blackburn currently sit 9th in the Sky Bet Championship table after picking up 21 points from their opening 14 matches.

Tony Mowbray’s side won promotion from League One last season after finishing second behind Wigan Athletic.

They had a reasonably busy summer, bringing in the likes of Adam Armstrong from Newcastle United, Jack Rodwell on a free transfer from Sunderland and also Joe Rothwell from Oxford United.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the sides was back in April 2012 when Albion recorded a 3-0 win over Rovers at The Hawthorns.

Headers from Gareth McAuley and Liam Ridgewell either side of Marc-Antoine Fortune's strike helped Roy Hodgson's side to all three Premier League points.

The Baggies celebrate McAuley's goal in our last fixture against Rovers

Stats

Albion

  • Despite the last couple of results, Darren Moore’s side remain the highest scorers in the division having netted 32 times so far this season - an average of over two goals per game.
  • Jay Rodriguez notched his eighth league goal of the campaign on Wednesday evening, surpassing the seven league goals he got last season.
  • Saturday will see the Baggies host Blackburn in a second tier clash for the first time since September 2000, when Albion ran out 1-0 winners in the old Football League Division One.

Blackburn Rovers

  • Blackburn come into the game off the back of a 3-1 defeat at Swansea on Tuesday night, though they did overcome league-leaders Leeds United at Ewood Park last weekend.
  • Bradley Dack is Rovers’ top scorer with six league goals in 11 Championship appearances - also bagging two assists.
  • Blackburn are one of only two sides in the top half of the table to have a minus goal difference (F 17, A 19, GD -2).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the most recent meeting between the sides…

Head to head 

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

Of the 125 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 44 times, Blackburn have been victorious on 52 occasions and there have been 29 draws.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Scott Duncan, and he’ll be assisted by Robert Hyde and Ian Cooper - with John Busby as the fourth official.

It’ll be the first time that Duncan has been in charge of an Albion game this season.

Ticket news

Seats for the clash are on general sale.

Tickets are priced at adults £20/£23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10 and U11s just £5.

They 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 Blackburn 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 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.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

27 October 2018

ALBION were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers as the spoils were shared in their Sky Bet Championship encounter at The Hawthorns.

Craig Dawson headed the Baggies in front from Matt Phillips' corner just before the interval, his first goal of the season, but Rovers levelled in the 71st minute courtesy of Harrison Reed's 25-yard curling effort.

The visitors finished the encounter with 10 men and midfielder Richard Smallwood between the sticks after goalkeeper David Raya had to be stretchered off with all three subs used.

But it finished a point apiece, Tosin Adarabioyo going close in injury time and Blackburn scrambling clear another opportunity, as Albion ended a sequence of back-to-back defeats with a hard-fought draw. 

Bakary Sako was handed his Baggies bow in attack while there were also starts for Conor Townsend, James Morrison and Jake Livermore, who took the captain's armband.

And it was Townsend who enjoyed the only shot on target during an opening 30 minutes played out largely in the middle of the park.

Yet the encounter then came to life with incidents in quick succession at either end.

Firstly, Rovers saw handball appeals waved away after Townsend blocked Reed's cross in the penalty area, before Jay Rodriguez was sent clean through for the hosts and saw his shot parried by Raya before firing over the rebound from close range.

However, Albion did take the lead five minutes before the break, Dawson rising highest at the back post to head home Phillips' inswinging corner.

And that advantage remained in tact at the break thanks to Sam Johnstone, who stood up strongly to save from Joe Rothwell when sent clean through by Bradley Dack.

The visitors pressed immediately after the restart and Kasey Palmer blazed a clear opening over the crossbar.

Raya saved well from Phillips as a finely-poised encounter hung in the balance and both sides threatened, Darren Moore turning to Wes Hoolahan off the bench.

Dack curled a free-kick narrowly wide for Blackburn before the away side levelled courtesy of a fine long-range effort from Reed.

With eight minutes remaining, Rovers midfielder Smallwood was was forced to go in goal after Raya was stretchered off following a clash with Rodriguez.

Yet, despite seven minutes injury time, Albion could not force a winner - Adarabioyo heading narrowly wide from a corner and the visitors clearing a goalmouth scramble.

ALBION: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Bartley (Robson-Kanu 87), Phillips, Livermore (c), Morrison, Townsend, Barnes (Brunt 76), Sako (Hoolahan 60), Rodriguez.

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Field, Burke.

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