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Preston v Albion match preview

2 December 2019

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies could make it five Sky Bet Championship wins from five when they travel to play Preston on Monday night (ko 7.45pm).

Preston

Their last outing

On Wednesday night, Preston fell to a 4-0 defeat against Hull City.

Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, with Josh Magennis and Kamil Grosicki netting second-half goals before Bowen bagged his second with less than quarter of an hour to play.

Two consecutive Sky Bet Championship defeats means Preston are now fifth in the table.

Preston: Rudd; Ledson (Harrop 58), Bauer, Storey, Rafferty; Pearson, Gallagher; Bodin (Nugent 67), Johnson, Maguire (Potts 81); Barkhuizen.

Substitutes: Bayliss, Stockley, Huntington, Hudson.

In the dugout

In his first managerial role, Alex Neil guided Hamilton Academical to the top flight of Scottish football, and then after a good start to the season, moved to Norwich City. 

The Canaries managed 17 wins from 25 games and gained promotion via the play-offs, although they were relegated after a single season in the Premier League.

With Norwich eighth in the Championship, Alex Neil departed Carrow Road in March 2017 and joined Preston in July 2017. 

In his first season at Deepdale, Preston finished 7th, before ending up in 14th-place last term.

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One to watch

Preston’s attacking midfielder Daniel Johnson was a schoolboy with Crystal Palace before progressing through Aston Villa’s Academy.

Despite never playing a game for Villa, he had loan spells with Yeovil Town, Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic, before arriving at Deepdale in 2015.

Since then, Johnson has played more than 180 matches for Preston and has bagged eight goals for the Lilywhites so far this season.

Our last meeting

Our most recent clash with Preston was at The Hawthorns in April.

Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick and Jay Rodriguez netted in a 4-1 win for the Baggies, while Callum Robinson fired in a late consolation for the visitors.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s team have won four consecutive games for the first time since 2012, and will bid to make it five victories in a row with a win against Preston.

• The Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship with 35 goals - and have the best goal difference in the league (+16).

• Hal Robson-Kanu has netted five goals in seven games for Albion.

Preston

 The Lilywhites are the second-highest scorers in the league behind the Baggies, having bagged 31 goals so far during this campaign.

 Alex Neil's side will be looking to bounce back after losing consecutive games for the first time this season, against Derby County and Hull City.

 Preston have the best home form in the league (P9, W7, D2, L0).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Preston wins

League

39

24

37

FA Cup

6

0

2

League Cup

2

2

0

Total

47

26

39

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira curled in a pearler of a free-kick against Bristol City on Wednesday night, as Albion’s Brazilian magician continues to wow the Hawthorns faithful.

Pereira has now scored four Sky Bet Championship goals, with just one of them coming from inside the box.

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Best of social

Here is said free-kick. Enjoy.

Man in the middle

The referee for Monday’s fixture will be Oliver Langford, and he’ll be assisted by Akil Howson and Adam Crysell - with Darren Bond acting as the fourth official.

Langford has already officiated one Albion game this season, overseeing the Baggies' 1-0 win away at Middlesbrough.

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.

The Baggies have been handed an allocation of 2,365 for the game.

Prices:

Adults

£24

Seniors

£16

Under-24s

£15

Under-18s

£8

Under-11s

£2

Please note, under-11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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.

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 Drew Williams for Baggies-biased live commentary on Monday.

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

Preston 0 Albion 1

2 December 2019

A last-minute Charlie Austin penalty helped Albion return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a fifth-successive victory.

Despite a dominant performance Slaven Bilić’s side found themselves heading into the final minute level at 0-0, but when Kyle Edwards rushed through on goal he was tripped by Declan Rudd, and Oliver Langford pointed to the spot.

Charlie Austin scored from the spot, sending Rudd the wrong way before side-footing his penalty into the bottom-right corner - creating scenes of jubilation in the away end.

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Bilić named an unchanged line-up after a 4-1 victory against Bristol City last Wednesday.

The early stages saw Albion dominate possession, but it took until close to the half-hour mark to create the first shooting opportunity of the evening to excite their vocal away following. 

Nathan Ferguson picked the ball up in his own half and beat his man. The young full-back powered forward and Preston’s backline parted, allowing him to rifle a shot at goal, which Rudd tipped over the bar. 

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The hosts went close next. Sean Maguire found himself unmarked in the Albion box following a throw-in and hit a shot which Sam Johnstone had to beat away at his near post.

Bilić’s side bounced straight back, though. Matt Phillips found a yard on the edge of the Preston box and hit a curling left-footed effort just wide before whipping in a superb free-kick to the back post which Kyle Bartley couldn’t quite turn in.

Phillips continued to be at the centre of the Baggies’ attacking intent, hitting a shot onto the turn straight at Rudd. 

Albion continued to control the ball as they searched for a way past the hosts’ resolute defence, and once again Phillips found space on the edge of the box and hit a low effort, which Rudd tipped wide.

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After the break, the hosts nearly provided the Baggies with the opener. Joe Rafferty tried to hook a long Kieran Gibbs clearance to safety, but nearly scored a comical own goal, only for the ball to trickle just wide of the post.

Johnstone made a save to keep the scores level, getting his fingertips to a curling effort from Preston’s Daniel Johnson and turning it round the post.

The hosts had a few more chances; Alan Browne charged on to a loose ball in the Albion box but Ferguson threw his body in front of his side-footed shot. Then from the resulting corner Jayden Shockley headed over from close range.

Bilić brought on Kyle Edwards just after the hour mark, and Charlie Austin with quarter of an hour to play as the Throstles’ search for a way through the Preston backline continued.

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Plenty of possession eventually paid dividends; Kyle Edwards burst through on goal and went round Rudd, who tripped the Albion winger, with referee Langford pointing straight to the spot.

Austin stepped up to tuck the penalty into the corner, adding the perfect ending to a convincing away performance from the Baggies.

Albion: Johnstone; Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs; Livermore, Sawyers; Phillips (Edwards 61), Pereira, Diangana (Austin 75); Robson-Kanu (Krovinović 84).

Subs: Bond, Furlong, Hegazi, Barry.

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Ticket News

Preston trip on general sale

30 November 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion's trip to Deepdale on Monday (ko 7.45pm).

The Baggies have been handed an allocation of 2,365 for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Preston North End.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices

Adults £24
Seniors £16
Under-24s £15
Under-18s £8
Under-11s £2

Please note, under-11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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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