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Match Previews

Luton v Albion match preview

14 August 2019

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will look for a second away win of the season when they head to Kenilworth Road to play Luton Town on Saturday, August 17 (ko 3pm).

Millwall

Their last outing

Last time out the Hatters fell to a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff City. Aden Flint handed the advantage to the Bluebirds early in the second half which kick-started an eventful finale.

Luton looked to have snatched a point through Matty Pearson when they scored with less than five minutes to play, but an Issac Vassell goal deep into stoppage time resigned the Hatters to defeat.

LUTON: Sluga, Cranie (Bree 74), Pearson, Bradley, Potts, Butterfield (Berry 84), Tunnicliffe, Mpanzu, Moncur (Cornick 55), McManaman, Collins.

In their dugout

Luton are managed by Graeme Jones, who was unveiled as their new boss in the summer following promotion to the Championship.

Nathan Jones began last season at the helm for the Hatters but made his move to Stoke City in January, leaving Mick Harford to lead the Hatters to the League One title.

Graeme’s most recent vocation prior to his appointment at Luton was as Darren Moore’s assistant manager at The Hawthorns, spending eight months with the Baggies until his departure in March.

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One to watch

James Collins has scored 20 or more goals in his last trio of campaigns and has enjoyed successive promotions with the Hatters.

The 28-year-old striker fired in 25 goals last term and netted on the opening day against Middlesbrough with five minutes to play to salvage a point for the Hatters.

Our last meeting

The last time we locked horns with Luton was last season. Albion beat the Hatters 1-0 in the Carabao Cup, with Oliver Burke scoring the only goal of the game just after the hour mark.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have won their only away trip of the season so far, beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground.

 Albion are unbeaten in their last five games against the Hatters, winning three times at The Hawthorns and drawing twice at Kenilworth Road.

• Slaven Bilić's side have netted four goals in three games with the goals coming courtesy of four different goalscorers.

Luton

Luton have beaten Albion ten times in the league, while the Baggies have got twice the amount of league wins to their name against the Hatters.

 Graeme Jones' side have scored two goals in the last five minutes of normal time in the two league games they have played so far.

• The Hatters haven't beaten Albion in their last four home fixtures against the Baggies. 

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the last time Albion met Luton in the Championship, with two late Kevin Phillips goals snatching a late victory for the Baggies.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Luton wins

League

20

8

10

FA Cup

2

0

0

League Cup

2

1

0

Total

24

9

10

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Our man to watch

Charlie Austin netted his first goal for the Baggies on Tuesday night as he nodded home from close range against Millwall in the Carabao Cup.

Finding the back of the net is a feeling that the Albion forward is familiar with; he arrived at The Hawthorns with a record of 150 goals in 325 professional games.

You can read more about Austin here.

Best of social

Albion's croatian midfielder discusses life at The Hawthorns ahead of the trip to Luton.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Andy Woolmer, and he’ll be assisted by Adrian Waters and Michael George - with Stephen Martin as the fourth official.

Andy Woolmer refereed the Baggies once last season, during the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns in March.

Ticket news

Kenilworth Road will be a sell-out on Saturday with more than 1,000 Baggies making the trip to back Slaven Bilić’s boys in Bedfordshire.

Thank you as always for your brilliant support.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Hatters 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 Drew Williams 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.

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Match Reports

Luton Town 1 Albion 2

17 August 2019

Grady Diangana’s brace helped Albion come from behind to claim a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win at Luton.

Town led early on through Harry Cornick’s header but an inspired half-time substitution from Slaven Bilić was crucial in turning the game around.

Grady Diangana came on for his league debut and he made a tremendous impact - scoring twice in three minutes straight after the break to put Albion ahead.

And the away side comfortably held on to earn all three points in Bedfordshire and remain unbeaten from their first three fixtures, also bringing an end to Luton's 28-game home unbeaten record.

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Albion remained unchanged for the third consecutive league game but named new signings Matheus Pereira, Diangana and Charlie Austin on the bench for the first time.

And it was the Baggies who had the better of the opening 10 minutes, though couldn’t turn their domination of possession in to clear-cut opportunities - Kyle Edwards’ blocked shot the only real sight of goal.

The home team were more clinical with their chances, taking the lead on the 15-minute mark when Cornick found space in the box and powered a header past Sam Johnstone.

Slaven’s side, after an initial Luton barrage following their goal, then pushed forward again. Matt Phillips flashed an effort wide, Jake Livermore stung the palms of Simon Sluga and Kenneth Zohore could only guide his header over as half-time approached.

Slaven made a change at the interval, replacing Edwards with Diangana, and it had a near-immediate impact.

The West Ham loanee equalised with a superb low long-range shot into the bottom corner three minutes after the break before soon completing the turnaround, heading home from Filip Krovinović’s deflected strike.

Albion remained in control for the majority of the second-half, keeping the ball well and attacking with pace, skill and power. Austin, who replaced Zohore for the final 11 minutes, went closest to finding a third goal when he smacked the post from no more than six yards out.

The home side rarely troubled Johnstone as the clock ticked down, and Bilić's men saw the game out despite three minutes of added time.

ALBION: Johnstone; Ferguson, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Phillips (Pereira 74), Livermore, Sawyers, Krovinović, Edwards (Diangana 45); Zohore (Austin 79).

Substitutes: Bond, O’Shea, Townsend, Brunt.

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Ticket News

Updated ticket info for Luton trip

5 August 2019

Tickets for Albion's third Sky Bet Championship fixture of the season are now on sale to home season ticket holders with 1615 loyalty points or more.

Albion have been handed an allocation of 1,032 for the trip to Kenilworth Road on Saturday, August 17 (ko 3pm). You can join the travelling support here.

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

Prices

Adults £30
Young adults (under 22s) £23
Seniors (over 65s) £23
Young adults (under 19s) £20
Seniors (over 75s) £20
Under 17s £12
Under 10s £9

Dates of sale

Monday, July 29

Away season ticket holders

Online, in person & phone

Wednesday, July 31: 9am-1pm 

Home season ticket holders with 1645 or more points

Online, in person & phone

Wednesday, July 31: 1pm-5pm 

Home season ticket holders with 1640 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Thursday, August 1: 9am-1pm

Home season ticket holders with 1635 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Thursday, August 1: 1pm-5pm

Home season ticket holders with 1630 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Friday, August 2: 9am-1pm

Home season ticket holders with 1625 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Friday, August 2: 1pm-5pm

Home season ticket holders with 1620 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Monday, August 5: 9am-1pm

Home season ticket holders with 1615 or more points

Online, in person & phone

Monday, August 5: 1pm-5pm

Home season ticket holders with 1610 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Tuesday, August 6: 9am-1pm

Home season ticket holders with 1600 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Tuesday, August 6: 1pm-5pm

Home season ticket holders with 1590 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Wednesday, August 7: 9am-1pm

Home season ticket holders with 1575 or more points 

Online, in person & phone

Wednesday, August 7: 1pm-5pm

Home season ticket holders with 1560 or more points

Online, in person & phone

Thursday, August 8: 9am-1pm

All home season ticket holder renewals (1500 points)

Online, in person & phone

Thursday, August 8: 1pm-5pm

All home season ticket holders (1000 points)

Online, in person & phone

Friday, August 9: 9am-5pm

Members

Online, in person & phone

Saturday, August 10

General sale

Online, in person & phone

Baggies Travel coaches

Kidderminster 10.15
Stourbridge & Lye 10.30
The Hawthorns 11.15

A place on a Baggies Travel coach will cost £18 and can be booked here.

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