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Match Previews

Albion v Reading match preview

4 October 2018

ALBION will be looking to make it seven league games unbeaten when they host Reading at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Reading currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table having accumulated nine points by winning two, drawing three and losing six of their opening 11 fixtures.

Their last outing was a 1-0 defeat at home to QPR on Tuesday night, ending a mini spell of good form after a win against Hull and a draw at Brentford in their two games before that. 

The Royals are managed by former Derby County and Swansea City boss Paul Clement, who has been in charge since March 2018 and guided the club to a 20th placed finish at the end of last season. 

Last time out 

The most recent fixture between the two sides at The Hawthorns was a 1-0 win for Albion in a Premier League game during the 2012/13 campaign.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates his match-winning goal against Reading back in 2012

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are now unbeaten in six league matches after netting two late goals to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
  • Darren Moore’s side remain the highest scoring team in the division having netted 27 times so far this season.
  • Albion have lost just once at home to Reading this century (P5, W2, D2, L1).

Reading

  • The Royals have only lost on one occasion away from home in the league during the 2018/19 campaign (P5, W1, D3, L1).
  • The last Championship meeting between Reading and Albion was a 1-1 draw in March 2010 at the Madjeski Stadium.
  • Paul Clement has a 23.8% win percentage as Reading boss - winning five, drawing five and losing 11 of his 21 matches in charge.

From the archive

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

Head to head

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

Of the 40 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 18 times, Reading have been victorious on 13 occasions and there have been nine draws.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Saturday’s game is Darren England, and he’ll be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and James Mainwaring - with Thomas Bramall as the fourth official.

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 Reading 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

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Match Reports

Albion 4 Reading 1

6 October 2018

DWIGHT Gayle bagged a brace as Albion hit four second-half goals to turn around a half-time deficit and triumph 4-1 over Reading at The Hawthorns.

Leandro Bacuna fired the visitors into a sixth-minute lead, which remained in tact until the interval, but a clinical second-half showing from Darren Moore's side secured a fifth succesive home league victory and extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.

Dwight Gayle headed Albion level shortly after the restart before getting the final touch on Kyle Bartley's header to turn the game on its head.

Harvey Barnes, orchestrator of the late comeback at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, added a fine third before Bartley, who had initially appeared to be credited with the second, did get himself on the scoresheet with an 80th-minute header.

It takes Albion's goal tally to 31 from 12 Sky Bet Championship matches and ensures Albion head into the international break on a high.

Johnstone was forced into an early save to parry away Saeid Ezatolahi's long-range strike but, from the resulting corner, the visitors took the lead.

Bacuna received a short corner and carried the ball into the penalty area before firing in off the far post.

Albion pressed for a reply and Barnes fired across the face of goal in the 18th minute, with Gayle inches away.

Marc McNulty dragged a chance narrowly wide for the Royals at the other end while livewire Barnes tried his luck from distance for the Baggies.

Both Jay Rodriguez and Gayle were thwarted by black shirts as they attempted pull-backs in promising positions, but it was Johnstone who was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Yet, within four second-half minutes, it was all square.

Tyrone Mears sent a deep cross to the back post and Gayle was on hand to head home from a tight angle.

John Swift shot straight at Johnstone as Reading threatened to retake the lead.

But the Baggies took firm control within seven minutes.

Bartley headed Barnes' corner into the ground and, with Gayle getting the final touch, the ball bounced over Sam Walker and into the net.

And it was soon 3-1 as Barnes was sent clear by Rodriguez and unleashed a fine low finish into the far corner.

With 10 minutes to go, Bartley finally got his goal as he rose to meet substitute Chris Brunt's cross and head beyond Walker.

ALBION: Johnstone, Dawson, Hegazi, Bartley, Mears (Edwards 62), Livermore (Brunt 67), Barry (c), Gibbs, Barnes (Adarabioyo 88), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Myhill,Townsend, Hoolahan, Robson-Kanu.

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Ticket News

Reading on general sale

2 October 2018

TICKETS remain on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading at The Hawthorns.

The Royals are in town on Saturday, October 6 (ko 3pm).

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

Seats can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

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