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Albion v Middlesbrough match preview

29 December 2019

Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games when they face Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns on Sunday (ko 3pm).

Middlesbrough

Their last outing

Middlesbrough made it three wins from five by beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium last time out.

19-year-old defende Djed Spence combined with Ashley Fletcher to score the only goal of the game in the first half.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Pears; Spence, Howson, Ayala, Fry, Coulson;  Johnson (Gustede 79), Wing, Saville, Tavernier; Fletcher.

Substitutes: Mejias, Clayton, Wood-Gordon, Bola, Walker, Liddle

In the dugout

Jonathan Woodgate had playing spells at Leeds United, Newcastle United, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City.

After retiring from the game, Woodgate started coaching at Middlesbrough and after taking on various roles a the club, stepped up to become the manager in the summer.

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One to watch

Ashley Fletcher has scored five times for Boro this season, most recently netting in a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

The 24-year-old came through Manchester United’s Academy, going on loan to Barnsley before moving to West Ham. After 20 games for the Hammers, Fletcher was signed by Middlesbrough in July 2017.

Our last meeting

Albion’s most recent clash against Middlesbrough was at the Riverside Stadium in October.

Slaven Bilić’s men claimed a 1-0 victory thanks to a late goal from Hal Robson-Kanu, who stepped off the bench to put the visitors in front with just eight minutes remaining.

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Watch the highlights here.

Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship - and have scored nine more goals than any other team in the division, finding the net 47 times.

• The Throstles are unbeaten in their last 14 Sky Bet Championship games (P14, W9, D5, L0).

• Albion are undefeated on home soil since February, the second-longest run in the club's history, having not lost in their last 17 Sky Bet Championship matches at The Hawthorns.

Middlesbrough

•  Jonathan Woodgate’s men are yet to win an away league game this season (P11, W0, D5, L6).

• Boro have scored just 22 goals this season - only Wigan Athletic have netted fewer, with 21 goals to their name.

• Middlesbrough have won three from their last five (P5, W3, D1, L1).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Middlesbrough wins

League

32

21

38

FA Cup

2

2

1

Total

34

23

39

Our man to watch

Filip Krovinović netted his first Albion goal against Barnsley on Boxing Day, capping a lively performance in the middle of the park for the Baggies.

Filip arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer on a season-long loan and has now made 21 appearances for the Baggies.

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Ticket news

The home end at The Hawthorns is sold out for the visit of Middlesbrough.

Thank you, as always, for your brilliant support.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Middlesbrough 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 Sunday.

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 0 Middlesbrough 2

29 December 2019

Albion saw their 14-match unbeaten run come to an end as they tasted league defeat at The Hawthorns for the first time since February with a 2-0 reverse against Middlesbrough.

Daniel Ayala's 17th-minute header from Lewis Wing's corner separated the sides before Ashley Fletcher added a long-range second for the visitors in injury time, as the Baggies fell to their first loss since October and only their second of the season in their final match of 2019 and last of the decade.

Albion also saw their 17-match unbeaten run on home soil in the Sky Bet Championship, the second-longest in the club's history, come to an end.

Yet the Baggies will be looking to make immediate amends on New Year's Day in a top-of-the-table clash against Leeds United.

Slaven Bilić made four changes from the 1-1 draw at Barnsley on Boxing Day, fit-again Nathan Ferguson returning alongside Gareth Barry, Kyle Edwards and Matt Phillips.

Although it was the visitors who opened the scoring with the game's first attempt on target after 17 minutes, Boro skipper Ayala heading home Wing's corner.

Barry blocked from Wing minutes later before Sam Johnstone kept out his follow-up strike, with Marcus Tavernier clipping the crossbar with a cross shortly afterwards as the visitors applied pressure.

Furlong headed over from Pereira at the other end, before the Brazilian tested Aynsley Pears with a far-post volley and George Saville forced Johnstone to get down low as half-chances came for both sides.

Edwards was next to go close with a curled effort beyond the far post while Wing again drew a save from Johnstone, this time from distance, as Boro led at the break.

Bilić introduced Charlie Austin and Conor Townsend at the interval and immediately saw his side on the front foot, captain Jake Livermore's effort tipped over by Pears.

Filip Krovinović was introduced on the hour mark as the Baggies continued to press in search of a leveller.

But it was Johnstone who was called into action to tip over from Tavernier in the 67th minute.

Austin was denied by Pears as the encounter entered the final stages while Johnstone kept out Boro substitute Marvin Johnson.

Bilić's side continued to push forward but it was Fletcher who doubled Boro's tally with a strike from fully 35 yards in the 94th minute, as Albion drew a blank for the first time since their only previous defeat this term in October, ending the club's longest unbeaten sequence since 1957.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong (Townsend 46), Ajayi, Hegazi, Ferguson, Livermore, Barry (Krovinović 59), Phillips, Pereira, Edwards (Austin 46), Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond, Bartley, Sawyers, Brunt.

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Ticket News

Middlesbrough clash on general sale

4 December 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion's game against Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns on Sunday, December 29 (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

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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