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Blues v Albion match preview

12 December 2019

Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games with a victory when they face Blues at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday (ko 12.30pm).

Birmingham

Their last outing

On Wednesday night, Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat at St Andrew’s against Queens Park Rangers.

Grant Hall netted the opener for the visitors in first-half injury time and despite Birmingham searching for a leveller, in the 67th minute Bright Osayi-Samuel ran from his own half all the way into the Blues box and lashed home a second QPR goal to seal the victory for the Rs.

Blues: Trueman; Colin, Dean, Harding, Pedersen; Sunjic, McEachran; Bela (Bailey 54), Bellingham (Montero 64), Maghoma; Giménez (Jutkiewicz 53).

Substitutes: Camp, Gardner, Davis, Bajrami.

In the dugout

Pep Clotet has been a manager or coach since 2001, taking on a variety of jobs around Europe before arriving at Swansea City as an academy consultant under Michael Laudrup, but was promoted to assistant manager when Garry Monk took charge.

Since then, Pep has followed Monk to Leeds United, had a six-month spell in charge of Oxford United, reunited himself with Monk at Birmingham City and then become caretaker manager at the club in the summer - and was named head coach at the beginning of December.

One to watch

Forward Lukas Jutkiewicz arrived at St Andrew’s in 2017, initially on loan before agreeing a permanent deal. 

Since then the 30-year-old has played more than 100 games and scored 14 Championship goals last season, and already has five to his name during this campaign.

He has also played for Swindon Town, Everton, Coventry City, Middlesbrough and Burnley.

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Our last meeting

Our most recent clash with Blues was at The Hawthorns in March. Despite the visitors taking the lead through Gary Gardner, Dwight Gayle levelled the scores just after half-time. 

Then before the hour mark Jutkiewicz fired Blues ahead, only for Jay Rodriguez to net a penalty five minutes later. Jake Livermore then fired in from the edge of the box to secure a 3-2 win for the Baggies.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies have the best away form in the league (P11, W7, D3, L1).

• Albion are the top scorers in the Championship with 42 goals - the next highest scorers are Bristol City, with 34 goals.

• The Throstles have lost just one of their 21 Sky Bet Championship games this season. 

Birmingham

• Blues have won just one of their last seven games (P7, W1, D3, L3).

• Pep Clotet’s side have scored three or more goals in a single game just once this season, beating Reading 3-2.

• The last eight goals Birmingham have scored have come from seven different scorers, with Alvaro Giménez the only player to score twice since a 4-2 loss at Cardiff at the beginning of November.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Blues wins

League

50

34

34

FA Cup

7

1

1

League Cup

1

1

0

Total

58

36

35

Our man to watch

Charlie Austin has found the net in each of the last four games he has been involved in for the Baggies.

His goals in recent weeks have earned Albion five points; he netted winning penalties against Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End and the equaliser against Wigan Athletic. He also found the back of the net in the 4-1 win against Bristol City.

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Ticket news

Albion have sold out the away end at Blues, with 2,800 Baggies set to travel to St Andrew’s on Saturday.

Thank you, as always, for your brilliant support.

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Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Blues 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.

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

Birmingham 2 Albion 3

14 December 2019

Charlie Austin stepped off the bench to bag a dramatic brace as Albion twice came from behind to secure a thrilling 3-2 derby victory over midlands neighbours Birmingham.

Grady Diangana's fifth goal of the season quickly cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz's third-minute header amid a frenetic start at a windy St Andrew's.

Blues restored their advantage just minutes after the interval courtesy of Harlee Dean's header.

But it was substitute Austin who made the decisive impact, levelling matters in the 73rd minute with a superb first-time finish from 20 yards shortly after his introduction.

And it was the in-form Baggies marksman who completed the turnaround with his sixth goal in five games to secure local bragging rights when he headed home an 81st-minute winner, sending the 2,768 travelling Albion fans into raptures.

The fiercely-contested derby triumph extends the club's unbeaten sequence to an impressive 12 matches and ensures Slaven Bilić's side return to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship. 

Albion showed three changes from Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic, Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Hal Robson-Kanu recalled to the starting XI.

But it was the hosts who took an early lead when Jutkiewicz headed home Maxime Colin's cross from close range.

Alvaro Gimenez went close at the near post as Blues applied early pressure, yet their lead lasted a mere seven minutes as Albion drew level.

As with the opener, it came via a recycled corner, Matt Phillips' drilled effort to the far post poked home by Diangana.

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Jeremie Bela tested Johnstone with a fierce free-kick with 25 minutes on the clock, with the Baggies unable to capitalise on a promising break at the other end shortly afterwards.

Robson-Kanu nodded Phillips' cross narrowly wide before Albion suffered a blow when the lively Diangana was forced off due to injury prior to the break, replaced by Kyle Edwards.

Yet the Baggies were indebted to Johnstone on the stroke of half-time as he stood up well to deny Kristian Pedersen when he latched on to Jude Bellingham's clipped ball over the top.

In similar fashion to the first half, Blues struck just a matter of minutes into the second period when Dean headed home Bellingham's far-post corner.

Livermore swivelled and fired over when presented with a good opportunity inside the penalty area moments later. 

Bilić introduced Darnell Furlong and Austin as Albion searched for a route back into the game.

And it duly came within minutes of the latter's introduction.

Austin received the ball more than 20 yards from goal, took a touch before turning and firing an unstoppable long-range strike into the top corner.

No sooner had he levelled matters than Austin secured all three points when he headed home a right-wing cross from fellow sub Furlong.

Bela headed over a good opening for the home side in the final stages, but it was Albion who held firm to extend their unbeaten sequence to seven matches against Blues.

Albion: Johnstone, Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend (Furlong 61), Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips (Austin 70), Pereira, Diangana (Edwards 40), Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond, Hegazi, Barry, Krovinović.

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Ticket News

Blues trip now on sale

15 November 2019

Tickets for Albion's trip to face Birmingham City at St Andrew's are now on sale to home season ticket holders with 1575 loyalty points or more.

The Baggies have been handed an allocation 2,800 for the Sky Bet Championship fixture on Saturday, December 14 (ko 12:30pm).

Home season ticket holders who meet the criteria can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices

Adults £30
Seniors (65+) £25
Young adults (19-24) £25
Juniors (13-18) £20
Under-13s  £15
Dates of sale
 

Sale Date

Sale Time

Points Required

How to buy

Away season ticket holders

Monday, November 11

 

N/A

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Wednesday, November 13

9am

1590 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Thursday, November 14

9am

1585 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Thursday, November 14

1pm

1580 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Friday, November 15

9am

1575 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Friday, November 15

1pm

1570 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Monday, November 18

9am

1565 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Monday, November 18

1pm

1560 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Tuesday, November 19

9am

1555 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Tuesday, November 19

1pm

1550 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Wednesday, November 20

9am

1545 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Wednesday, November 20

1pm

1540 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Thursday, November 21

9am

1530 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Thursday, November 21

1pm

1520 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Friday, November 22

9am

1515 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Friday, November 22

1pm

1510 or more

Online, in person & phone

Home season ticket holders

Saturday, November 23

9am

All season ticket holders

Online, in person & phone

Members

Monday, November 25

9am

N/A

Online, in person & phone

Supporters can avoid booking fees and queue times by printing their e-tickets at home or saving them to their mobile phone.

All e-ticket purchases are exempt from online booking fees which will save supporters £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

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