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Match Previews

Albion v Luton match preview

1 February 2020

Albion will aim to beat Luton Town for a second time this season when they host The Hatters at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

  • Tickets are selling fast and can be bought here.

Luton Town

Their last league outing

They won a thrilling game against Derby County last time out. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the Rams, but Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu equalised for the hosts before they took the lead through Donervon Daniels.

Chris Martin levelled the scores once more for Derby, but a late Jayden Bogle own goal ended the Hatters' eight-match winless streak.

LUTON: Sluga; Bree, Pearson (Daniels 60), Bradley, Potts; Mpanzu, Rea, Tunnicliffe; Cornick (Berry 94), Collins, LuaLua (Brown 68).

Substitutes: McManaman, Shinnie, Moncur, Shea.

In the dugout

Graeme Jones returns to The Hawthorns having assisted Darren Moore during his reign as Baggies boss last season. 

The 49-year-old had previously coached under Roberto Martinez during spells at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton and Belgium.

After his departure from The Hawthorns in March he was named Luton Town First Team Manager following their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship under caretaker boss Mick Harford. 

One to watch

James Collins has been as consistent as ever leading the line for Luton this campaign, netting nine times in 28 matches to date.

Collins has played a pivotal role in the Hatters’ rise through the divisions as they earned successive promotions from League Two to the second tier.

Collins has four caps for the Republic of Ireland and has recorded more than 20 goals in each of the last two seasons at Kenilworth Road and in total has bagged on 54 occasions in just 121 appearances for the club.

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Our last meeting

Our most recent clash with Luton was at Kenilworth Road in August. Town led early on through Harry Cornick’s header but an inspired half-time substitution from Slaven Bilić turned the game around.

At the break Grady Diangana was introduced, making his league debut in the process and scoring twice in three minutes to put the Baggies in front, a lead they would hold on to and bring an end to Luton's 28-game home unbeaten record.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies are unbeaten in their last six games against Luton (P6, W4, D2, L0).

• Albion are the top scorers in the Championship with 51 goals.

• Both teams have scored in three of the last five meetings between the Throstles and The Hatters - with the Baggies winning two of those games.

Luton

 The last time The Hatters won at The Hawthorns was in 1996.

 Luton have one just once in their last nine league games (P9, W1, D1, L7).

• Jones' side have failed to score on eight occasions in the league this season.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Luton wins

League

21

8

10

FA Cup

2

1

0

League Cup

2

0

0

Total

25

9

10

Our man to watch

Callum Robinson could make his first appearance for the Baggies on Saturday against Luton.

A versatile forward, Robinson arrived at The Hawthorns on Wednesday after making close to 20 appearances in the Premier League for Sheffield United this season.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international enjoyed three successful seasons with Preston North End at this level after coming through the ranks at Aston Villa.

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Best of social

Our new man is looking forward to pulling on the blue and white stripes…

Ticket news

The game is close to a sell-out, and supporters are urged to secure their seat quickly to avoid disappointment.

Less than 600 tickets now remain in the home areas and can be purchased 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, Baggies fans 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.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Luton 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 2 Luton 0

1 February 2020

Albion ended a seven-game winless run to return to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 victory over Luton Town at The Hawthorns.

Semi Ajayi followed up Donervon Daniels’ own-goal to earn the Baggies their first three-point return on home soil since the beginning of December. 

Slaven Bilić made four changes to the side that lost 2-1 at Cardiff City on Tuesday with on-loan winger Callum Robinson handed a debut following his move from Sheffield United on Wednesday.

Charlie Austin earned his first start of 2020 after netting from the bench in South Wales, while Semi Ajayi and Conor Townsend returned in Slaven Bilić’s back four. 

Robinson almost netted after just five minutes, stinging the gloves of Simon Sluga from 20 yards following excellent link-up play between Filip Krovinović and Austin on the edge of the Town box.

The 24-year-old former Preston man continued his lively start on 11 when Matty Pearson was forced into a last-ditch tackle after the pacy attacker got in behind the Hatters.

And it was Robinson who forced Albion into a 14th-minute lead.

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His excellent cross from the left for Phillips was turned in by former Albion Academy defender Donervon Daniels on his return to The Hawthorns.

Kazenga LuaLua went close for the visitors midway through the first half, skipping around Phillips on the edge of the area before seeing his fierce right-foot effort flash just inches over the crossbar.

After a lull in proceedings it was Robinson again who brought the game back to life seven minutes before the interval, chasing down Townsend’s quick long throw on the left and testing Sluga with a low left-foot shot from 15 yards.

The Baggies so nearly doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time but for the heroics of Pearson who stepped in to block Austin’s close-range prod from Krovinović’s knockdown.

Robinson almost grabbed a memorable maiden goal just seconds after the restart, cutting in from the left to force a stunning save from Sluga with a curling, right-foot drive from 25 yards.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu would have levelled for the visitors on 55 but for the heroics of Livermore - who continued his commanding performance in the middle of the park - with a brave block in the box.

Robinson was again left frustrated just after the hour mark when his deflected strike from range struck the apex of crossbar and post before bouncing to Luton safety.

Sluga provided another fine save to keep his side in it five minutes later, parrying wide from Phillips’ missile-like, 20-yard strike - before Sawyers saw a deflected effort whistle wide.

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Not content with their slender lead the Baggies went in pursuit of a second with a barrage of attacks - and with 20 minutes left Bilić’s men put the game to bed.

Phillips displayed great patience on the right, waiting for his moment to cross, and duly delivered an inch-perfect ball to the brow of Ajayi who nodded home his fifth of the season.

Robinson again went close on 78 but flashed just over from 15 yards after taking down Livermore’s exquisite pass.

With 10 left the Hatters almost bagged another for the Baggies when Sluga was forced into a reflex save from Mpanzu’s wayward back-pass.

ALBION: Johnstone; O’Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Livermore, Sawyers; Phillips (Furlong 77), Krovinović (Harper 84), Robinson; Austin (Robson-Kanu 62)

Subs: Bond; Edwards, Hegazi, Tulloch.

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Ticket News

Luton tickets on general sale

29 January 2020

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Luton Town at The Hawthorns on Saturday, February 1 (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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