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Preston North End v Albion match preview

29 September 2018

ALBION take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday as they look to make it five games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Preston currently sit bottom of the league on five points having won one, drawn two and lost six of their nine league games so far this season.

The Lilywhites’ last outing was a penalty shootout defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

Alex Neil’s side finished just outside the Championship play-offs in seventh last season, missing out on the top six by a couple of points.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the two teams was in March 2010 as Albion beat Preston 3-2 at The Hawthorns thanks to goals from Ben Watson, Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans.

Earlier that season the sides had played out a 0-0 draw at Deepdale.

Former Baggie Roman Bednar appeals for a penalty during our last trip up to Preston.

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are the highest scoring team in the Championship so far this campaign, scoring 22 goals from the opening nine matches.
  • The Baggies have won three and drawn one of their last four league games.
  • Dwight Gayle has played a crucial part in that run, scoring four goals in the unbeaten streak.

Preston North End

  • Preston’s only league win this season came on the opening day against QPR, meaning they’re now eight games without a Championship victory.
  • North End haven’t lost at home to Albion in the league since January 1959, though the Baggies did win an FA Cup tie at Deepdale in January 2005.
  • Despite their position in the table, Preston have been defeated in only one of their four home Championship matches (P4, W1, D2, L1).

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 Albion come out on top.

Of the 110 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 45 times, Preston have been victorious on 39 occasions and there have been 26 draws.

Man in the middle

The referee for Tuesday’s game is Tony Harrington, and he’ll be assisted by Timothy Wood and John Flynn - with Mark Heywood as the fourth official.

Harrington has been in the middle for one Albion game so far this season - the 7-1 win over QPR back in August.

Ticket news

Albion fans can join a 3,200-strong contingent at Preston North End on Saturday by purchasing tickets at Deepdale on matchday (ko 3pm).

Tickets will remain on sale at The Hawthorns Ticket Office until 1pm on Friday before returning north for sale at the ground.  

The remaining 600 tickets will be available to purchase from 1pm on Saturday at the away ticket office which is located in the Bill Shankly Kop where Albion fans will be seated. 

Seats are priced £24 adults, £16 seniors (65+), £15 students/22-24 years/19-21 years, £8 juniors (11-18) and just £2 U11s.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 9.30am, Stourbridge & Lye at 9.45am and The Hawthorns at 10.30am, is available for £18.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Preston 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 afternoon.

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

Preston North End 2 Albion 3

29 September 2018

JAY Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle both found the net to help secure a third successive Sky Bet Championship victory as Albion triumphed 3-2 at Preston North End.

Burnley-born frontman Rodriguez headed home Jake Livermore's cross shortly after the interval put the Baggies in front - his seventh goal of the season.

Andrew Hughes' free-kick levelled matters for North End but, just minutes later, Ben Davies' headed own goal from Craig Dawson's cross put Albion back in front.

Gayle then registered his sixth of the campaign with a superb 25-yard free-kick and, despite Alan Browne's injury-time consolation at the end of a five-goal thriller, Albion sealed all three points and their first league win at Deepdale since 1959.

In doing so, in front of 3,200 travelling Baggies supporters, Darren Moore's side stretched their unbeaten league sequence to five matches and made it 25 league goals to date - with strike partners Rodriguez and Gayle claiming 13 between them.

Next up for Albion is a midweek trip to Sheffield Wednesday before a home clash against Reading heading into the international break.

The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock in Lancashire as early as the seventh minute, North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell pulling off a stunning save to keep out Kyle Bartley's header.

But it was the hosts who came closer still just five minutes later as Ryan Ledson thumped the base of a post after the Baggies had given away a needless corner.

Chances were coming at either end and Harvey Barnes was next to be denied by Maxwell before Dwight Gayle came within inches of a Barnes cross amid a lively opening.

Yet, as the first half progressed, both defences started to gain the upper hand and openings dried up, with only Barnes testing Maxwell just before the end of a goalless first period.

However, that all changed just three minutes after the restart as Rodriguez rose highest to head Livermore's right-wing cross into the far corner.

Brandon Barker sent a long-range effort narrowly wide for North End in response while Alan Browne saw penalty appeals waved away following a tussle with Bartley.

And it was the home side who struck to level matters in the 71st minute, Hughes with a low free-kick from 20 yards.

But parity remained for just two minutes as North End defender Davies sent a looping header over Maxwell as he attempted to clear Dawson's cross.

Gayle then got in on the act in the 88th minute as he curled home a delightful long-range free-kick despite the best efforts of Maxwell, with Browne heading home in the 96th minute to ensure just one goal separated the two sides at the finish.

ALBION: Johnstone, Dawson, Hegazi, Bartley, Mears, Livermore (c), Barry (Brunt 71), Gibbs, Barnes (Robson-Kanu 72), Rodriguez, Gayle (Field 90+2).

Subs: Myhill, Adarabioyo, Edwards, Hoolahan.

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