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Match Previews

Albion v Brentford match preview

21 December 2019

Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games with a victory against Brentford at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Brentford

Their last outing

Bryan Mbeumo netted for the fourth game in a row to help Brentford win the west London derby against Fulham at Griffin Park in their most recent game.

The result moved the Bees up to fourth in the Championship, and Mbeumo took his tally for the season to eight.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva (Nørgaard 75), Mokotjo, Jensen; Mbeumo (Rasmussen 86), Watkins, Benrahma.

Substitutes: Daniels, Thompson, Jeanvier, Bech, Sørensen, Hammar.

In the dugout

Thomas Frank has had an encouraging first 14 months in charge at Griffin Park.

The Danish boss stepped up from Assistant Head Coach to take the reigns in October 2018 and despite a tough start that saw him win one of his first 10 matches, a strong second half of the season meant they ended up 11th.

Frank’s maiden senior management job was at Brondby where he achieved 4th and 3rd placed finishes to qualify for Europe, but was dismissed following just under three years in charge towards the end of the 2015/16 term.

One to watch

Ollie Watkins has already netted double-figures in the Championship so far this season scoring 13 goals in 22 games and is yet to go more than three games in a row without a strike, even chipping in with a handful of assists too.

He grabbed a combined 23 goals in his first two campaigns after making the step up from League Two Exeter City in 2017, where he attracted attention by notching 26 times in 78 appearances as a teenager.

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Our last meeting

The most recent clash between the Baggies and the Bees was at Griffin Park in March. 

Albion eventually ran out as 1-0 winners in a fast-paced battle thanks to Kyle Edwards who made a mazy run before chopping inside, dodging a duo of defenders and firing into the net.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship - and have scored ten more goals than any other team in the division, finding the net 45 times. 

• Albion have now recorded 16 league matches without defeat at The Hawthorns stretching back to February, the club's longest unbeaten home run since 1920.

• The Throstles are unbeaten in their last 12 Sky Bet Championship games (P12, W9, D3, L0). 

Brentford

• The Bees have had mixed results on the road and are yet to draw away (P11, W5, D0, L6).

• Ollie Watkins is the third top scorer in the Championship, with 13 goals to his name.

• Brentford have never won at The Hawthorns (P10, W0, D1, L9).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Brentford wins

League

9

3

2

FA Cup

1

0

0

League Cup

2

0

1

Total

12

3

3

Our man to watch

Last time out Charlie Austin came on as a substitute and fired in twice to help the Baggies win 3-2 at St Andrew’s.

The Albion forward has now scored six goals in his last five games. In total, Charlie Austin has netted seven Sky Bet Championship goals for the Baggies - and every single one of them has come in the second half.

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Best of social

Our support at St Andrew's was just superb. We look forward to hearing this at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Ticket news

Albion have made additional tickets available for the game following the move of the Smethwick End divide.

The fixture is on course for a sell-out in the home sections but more seats are now on sale after Brentford returned tickets from their allocation.

Blocks A3 and A6 in the Smethwick End are now available to home supporters online, in-person at The Hawthorns ticket office, or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:

Adults

£20-23

Seniors (over 65s)

£15-17

Under-23s

£15

Under-18s

£10

Under-11s

£5

Disabled

£10

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Brentford 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

Albion 1 Brentford 1

21 December 2019

Albion played out a 1-1 draw against Brentford at The Hawthorns to extend their unbeaten home record in the Sky Bet Championship to 17 matches.

Bees captain Henrik Dalsgaard headed the visitors in front as the first half drew to a close, yet recalled Darnell Furlong restored parity just minutes later, nodding home Matt Phillips' corner to register his second goal of the season.

Both sides enjoyed half-chances to settle what was an open encounter, substitute Charlie Austin seeing his late strike ruled out for offside, but ultimately the spoils were shared.

The point ensures the Baggies remain undefeated on home soil since February, the second-longest run in the club's history, and extends their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

Slaven Bilić's side top the Sky Bet Championship table heading into Christmas, collecting 50 points at the halfway stage of the campaign, with a trip to Barnsley next up on Boxing Day.

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Albion showed two changes from last weekend's 3-2 victory at midlands neighbours Birmingham, Furlong and Kyle Edwards coming in for Conor Townsend and the injured Grady Diangana.

But it was the visitors who started on the front foot, Sam Johnstone saving well from Bryan Mbeumo and Said Benrahma in the opening exchanges.

The high-flying Bees, who had won eight of their previous 11, largely dominated the opening half an hour of the encounter, Christian Norgaard sending an effort off target from the edge of the penalty area.

Semi Ajayi hooked over Albion's first opening as the hosts began to get a foothold, keeper David Raya diving bravely at the feet of Edwards after he was sent through before Matheus Pereira saw a shot deflected wide.

Yet Dalsgaard opened the scoring for Brentford in the 43rd minute when he glanced home Mathias Jensen's inswinging corner on the stroke of half-time.

However, the Baggies replied almost immediately to level matters in injury time courtesy of a similar header from Furlong, connecting with Phillips' set-piece to ensure it was all square at the interval.

Kyle Bartley hobbled off in the 49th minute, replaced by Dara O'Shea for his league debut.

Baggies skipper Jake Livermore fired straight at Raya as an evenly-balanced second period flowed from end to end.

Julian Jeanvier headed off target at the other end before Romaine Sawyers, against his former club, fired over the crossbar for Albion when the ball broke his way on the edge of the penalty area.

Bilić introduced Charlie Austin in the 72nd minute, coming after his heroics off the bench at St Andrew's last Saturday.

And it appeared as though he had made the decisive impact again in the 89th minute when he converted a rebound after Raya had parried Pereira's effort, only to be denied by the offside flag as it finished all square - with Albion still yet to taste defeat against Brentford at home in 11 meetings.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley (O'Shea 49), Ferguson, Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips (Austin 72), Pereira, Edwards (Krovinović 77), Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond, Townsend, Barry, Brunt.

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Ticket News

Brentford tickets on sale

11 November 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion's game against Brentford at The Hawthorns on Saturday, December 21 (ko 3pm).

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.
 
Prices
Adults
£20-23
Seniors (over 65s)
£15-17
Under-23s
£15
Under-18s
£10
Under-11s
£5
Disabled
£10

To avoid booking fees and queue times, supporters can print their e-tickets at home or save 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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