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Wigan Athletic v Albion match preview

19 October 2018

ALBION will be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Wigan currently sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship on 17 points after five wins, two draws and five losses from their opening 12 games.

Paul Cook’s side made a strong start to the campaign following their promotion from League One last season, but have been defeated in two of their last three fixtures - enduring a 4-0 defeat at Preston most recently.

Last time out

Albion’s last visit to the DW Stadium was back in 2012, when a James Morrison header and Gary Caldwell’s own goal were enough to hand the Baggies a 2-1 win.

Morrison celebrates at the DW with his team-mates

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are currently seven unbeaten in the Championship (W5, D2).
  • Albion are the top scorers in the division having netted 31 times so far this season - nine more than the second-highest scores (Leeds United). The Baggies also have the best goal difference (+14).
  • Saturday could see Albion reach the summit of the league if they better Sheffield United's result. Chris Wilder's side travel to play Derby County at 5.30pm.

Wigan Athletic

  • The Latics are on a run of three league matches without a win (D1, L2).
  • Wigan have only ever hosted Albion once in the second tier of English football - when they ran out 1-0 winners in September 2003.
  • Manager Paul Cook previously played for Wigan - making nearly 100 appearances at the start of a career that saw him go on and turn out for the likes of Wolves, Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Burnley and Accrington Stanley.

From the archive

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

Head to head

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

Of the 19 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won seven times, Wigan have been victorious on eight occasions and there have been four draws.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Jeremy Simpson, and he’ll be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton - with Scott Oldham as the fourth official.

Simpson has been in the middle for one Albion game already this season - the 4-2 win over Bristol City in September.

Ticket news

An army of more than 3,300 Baggies supporters are set to make the trip up - and there is still a chance to join them.

The Club took a delivery of an additional batch of 879 tickets earlier in the week for the clash, taking the total allocation to 4,288.

It will be Albion’s biggest league following away from The Hawthorns since March 2012, when the Baggies took 4,600 to the very same venue.  

Seats for the 3pm kick-off are priced £30 adults, £15 seniors (65+), £10 U18s, £5 U11s and just £2 for U5s.

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

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 10am, Stourbridge and Lye at 10.15am and The Hawthorns at 11am, is on offer for £17.

Kit news

The Baggies will don the famous yellow-and-green stripes, with green shorts and socks. 

Follow the game 

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Wigan 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

Wigan Athletic 1 Albion 0

20 October 2018

ALBION's seven-match unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship came to an end as they were beaten 1-0 at Wigan Athletic.

Josh Windass drilled home the only goal of a heated encounter in the 74th minute as the Baggies tasted league defeat for the first time since the end of August.

Defeat at the DW Stadium was also only the second occasion this term Darren Moore's side, the highest goalscorers across all top four divisions in England, have been blunted - the last coming in their most recent defeat two months prior.

Jake Livermore was shown a red card in the 85th minute for a second bookable offence, at the end of a clash which saw a further seven yellow cards.

The Baggies, who were backed by a fantastic travelling support of 3,750 in Greater Manchester, host Derby County on Wednesday looking to make amends.

Albion showed one change from their 4-1 victory over Reading before the international break, captain Chris Brunt recalled in place of Gareth Barry, who had picked up a slight niggle.

And it was the visitors who started brightly, Jay Rodriguez seeing his header saved by Christian Walton before Harvey Barnes, fresh from making his England Under-21 debut, was denied by a last-ditch sliding block.

Gary Roberts flashed a ball across the face of goal for the Latics, who went on to dominate the first half, Windass clipping a chance wide having been sent clear by Nick Powell.

Wigan looked to scramble home a break and Powell headed over before the latter was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, with home players and supporters alike calling for a penalty.

Sam Johnstone then got down well to keep out Windass as a first half, which saw five yellow cards dished out, ended goalless.

Head Coach Moore was forced into a change just four minutes into the second period, Tosin Adarabioyo replacing Craig Dawson, who picked up a knock before the break.

As was the case at the start of the first half, the Baggies dominated play initially following the restart before the hosts then forced a couple of smart saves from Johnstone.

And it was the Baggies goalkeeper who was forced to get down low and produce a fine stop to keep out Windass in the 72nd minute.

Yet he could do nothing just minutes later as Windass was sent through in space, he beat Ahmed Hegazi and drilled low into the bottom corner.

Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Edwards were introduced off the bench as Albion looked for a route back into the encounter.

But it was not to be and Livermore was given his marching orders in the closing stages.

ALBION: Johnstone, Dawson (Adarabioyo 49), Hegazi, Bartley, Mears (Edwards 78), Livermore, Brunt (c), Gibbs, Barnes, Rodriguez, Gayle (Robson-Kanu 76).

Subs: Myhill, Townsend, Field, Hoolahan.

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Ticket News

Extra Wigan tickets remain on sale

15 October 2018

ADDITIONAL tickets for the trip to Wigan Athletic are now on sale after Baggies fans snapped up the Club's initial allocation.

More than 3,000 Albion supporters will back Darren Moore’s men at the DW Stadium with another 500 seats available from the Club’s Ticket Office.  

Tickets for the fixture on Saturday, October 20 (ko 3pm) are priced £30 adults, £15 seniors (65+), £10 U18s, £5 U11s and just £2 for U5s.

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

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 10am, Stourbridge and Lye at 10.15am and The Hawthorns at 11am, is on offer for £17.

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