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Albion v Blackburn match preview

31 August 2019

Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run to six Sky Bet Championship games with a win against Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).


Their last outing

Blackburn’s last game was on Tuesday night as they exited the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 loss at Sheffield United. 

Richard Stearman and Oliver Norwood fired the Blades into a first-half lead before Sam Gallagher’s goal with just under 20 minutes to play ensured a tense finale.

Rovers’ last league match was a 0-0 draw with Cardiff City at Ewood Park.

In their dugout

Blackburn are managed by former Baggies boss Tony Mowbray, who has been at Ewood Park since February 2017.

During his time at the Hawthorns helm Mowbray’s first season ended with a play-off defeat at Wembley, but the following campaign he guided Albion to the Championship title.

Upon the Club’s relegation the year after, Tony moved to Celtic and has since managed Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Blackburn.

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One to watch

Derrick Williams scored the winner against Hull City just after the hour mark during their last away league game. He also hit the post late on for Rovers during their 0-0 draw against Cardiff City.

After coming through the ranks at Aston Villa, Williams moved to Bristol City where he managed more than 100 appearances before joining Blackburn in August 2016.

Our last meeting

Our last Hawthorns meeting with Blackburn Rovers was a 1-1 draw. Craig Dawson had put Albion ahead, but Harrison Reed fired Rovers level with just under 20 minutes to play. 

David Raya suffered an injury late on and having used all of their substitutes the visitors had to play out the final moments with ten men, but they held on to gain a point.

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• Slaven Bilić's side are unbeaten after their first five league games (W2, D3, L0).

• No team have scored twice against the Baggies in the league this season.

 The only scorelines Albion have had during this campaign are 2-1 wins and 1-1 draws.


 Rovers have won on just one of their last six visits to The Hawthorns (W1, D3, L2).

• Tony Mowbray's side have scored just three goals in their opening five league games.

• Blackburn have had six goalscorers this season in all competitions, but none of their players have scored twice during this campaign.

From the archive

Here are the highlights of Albion's 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers in 2012...

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Our man to watch

Kenneth Zohore netted from the spot for the Baggies against Reading and Derby County last week, clocking up his first two Albion goals.

A summer signing from Cardiff City, Kenneth has started four of five league games for the Throstles and will be searching for his third goal for the Club against Blackburn.

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Best of social

Slaven's men trained on home turf ahead of Saturday.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Tony Harrington, and he’ll be assisted by Mark Dwyer and Nigel Lugg - with Savvas Yianni as the fourth official.

Tony Harrington refereed the Baggies during three wins last season; the 7-1 triumph against Queens Park Rangers, the 4-0 win at Rotherham and an exciting 3-2 victory at Preston North End.

Ticket news

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




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Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Rovers 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 Andy Johnson 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

Albion 3 Blackburn 2

31 August 2019

Albion came from behind again to claim a 3-2 win against Blackburn Rovers in an eventful Sky Bet Championship match at The Hawthorns.

The away side went ahead less than 60 seconds in through Bradley Dack, but three fantastic goals from Matty Phillips, captain Jake Livermore and Grady Diangana turned the game around before the 40-minute mark.

Bradley Johnson struck back in first-half injury time to haul Blackburn within a goal at the break, but a goalless second 45 ensured the points stayed with the Baggies.

The first home triumph of the 2019/20 campaign means they remain unbeaten this season, three wins and three draws, going into the September international break.

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Slaven Bilić made four changes to the team that drew at Derby last weekend with Darnell Furlong, Matheus Pereira, Diangana and Charlie Austin all named in the line-up.

But it was a nightmare start for Albion as, inside a minute, Blackburn took the lead. A defensive mishap saw Rovers win the ball behind enemy lines and Dack finished into the bottom corner.

Just over 20 minutes later the Baggies were level though. Phillips - fresh from signing his new contract on Friday - was played in brilliantly by Pereira, and he beat the defender to the ball before confidently slotting home.

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By this time Albion were well on top and they took the lead on the half-hour mark when Pereira teed-up Livermore to superbly smash one well beyond Christian Walton.

Bilić’s men didn’t let up after netting the second and soon scored their third of the day five minutes before half-time. The dangerous Diangana put pressure on Rovers’ defence and won possession near the half-way line, holding off all sorts of challenges from a defender to get inside the area and delightfully dink the onrushing goalkeeper.

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However, for all their good work Albion only had a one-goal lead at the break - Johnson scrambling an effort in during first-half injury time following chaos in the box.

And the away side continued to cause problems straight after the interval, seeing one disallowed for a foul on Sam Johnstone and then going close as Stewart Downing hit the post.

Despite being under the cosh a bit, the Baggies did create chances for themselves too. Austin had a shot blocked from close-range and Pereria and Livermore both whistled efforts off-target with the final whistle in sight.

Referee Tony Harrington indicted five extra minutes shortly after Kyle Bartley blazed a volley just over, but Albion held on to claim a great win before a fortnight without a fixture.

ALBION: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Ferguson; Livermore (c), Sawyers; Phillips, Pereira (Edwards 89), Diangana (Krovinović 76) Austin (Zohore 68).

Substitutes: Bond, O’Shea, Brunt, Robson-Kanu.

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Ticket News

Blackburn tickets remain on general sale

31 August 2019

Tickets remain on general sale for Albion's home clash against Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns on Saturday, August 31 (ko 3pm).

Slaven Bilić's side have started their Sky Bet Championship campaign by going five games unbeaten and the Baggies will be looking to extend the run in their last fixture before the September international break.

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




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