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Albion v Wigan match preview

28 February 2020

Slaven Bilić's men could make it seven Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten when Wigan visit The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Wigan tickets on general sale 

Wigan

Their last outing

On Wednesday night, Wigan picked up three points against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Kieffer Moore put the Latics ahead before the half-hour mark, brilliantly flicking Nathan Byrne's cross into the corner of the net. 

Jamal Lowe extended Wigan's lead when he found the bottom right corner from a set-piece on 67 minutes, before a third goal from Michael Jacobs late in stoppage time secured the victory.

WIGAN: Marshall; Byrne, Kipre, Balogun, Pearce; Morsy, Williams (Dunkley 88); Lowe, Roberts (Evans 65), Massey (Jacobs 79); Moore.

Substitutes: Gyollai, Pilkington, Garner, Mlakar.

In the dugout

Experienced boss Paul Cook is in charge at Wigan. The Liverpool-born former midfielder had two spells at the club during his playing career and returned as manager ahead of the 2017/18 term.

He guided his team to the League One title in a remarkable first campaign which also saw Athletic beat Manchester City en route to the FA Cup quarter finals, before then keeping them in the second tier via an 18th-placed finish last season.

Wigan are battling to stay up again this campaign and currently find themselves in 22nd place - only separated from safety by goal difference.

One to watch

Kieffer Moore has netted three times in his last three outings, taking his total to six goals in 25 league games for the Latics this season, as well as getting his name on the scoresheet twice in four games for Wales.

The 27-year-old striker bagged 17 goals for Barnsley last term and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One, earning him a move to the DW Stadium.

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Our last Hawthorns meeting

The last time we faced the Latics at The Hawthorns was in an FA Cup third round tie, which Albion won 1-0.

Bakary Sako's only goal in blue and white stripes was the difference between the two teams as the home side progressed to set up a game against Brighton.

The Baggies also beat Wigan in the league at The Hawthorns last season, a 2-0 Boxing-Day victory thanks to Jay Rodriguez's brace.

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Stats

Albion

• Slaven's side are currently six games without defeat (P6, W5, D1). Birmingham City are the only other team in the division not to have lost any of their last six games.

• Albion have netted 13 goals so far in February, scoring at least two in each of their last six games and are the highest scorers in the Championship with 64 goals to their name in total.

• The Baggies’ goal difference of +28 is the best in the Championship.

Wigan

 The Latics have won four of their last seven games (P7, W4, D2, L1).

 Paul Cook's side have scored the second fewest amount of goals in the league, netting just 37 times. Middlesbrough's total of 34 is the lowest in the division.

 Athletic have won three of their last five away games in the league (P5, W3, D1, L1).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Wigan wins

League

7

4

8

FA Cup

1

0

0

League Cup

1

1

1

Total

9

5

9

Our man to watch

Rekeem Harper made his first league start of the season for the Baggies against Preston last time out and slotted in alongside Jake Livermore and Filip Krovinović seamlessly.

The 19-year-old midfielder almost capped his performance with a goal from outside the box, but he saw his effort crash against the crossbar and go out for a goal-kick.

With Romaine Sawyers suspended, it looks likely Harper will get another chance to impress the Hawthorns faithful against Wigan.

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Ticket news

Tickets remain on general sale for the clash, with additional seats available to home supporters after the Smethwick End divide was moved.

Supporters can secure their place at the game 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 Baggies fans £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Wigan 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 0 Wigan 1

29 February 2020

Albion tasted home defeat for just the third time this season as Wigan Athletic halted the Baggies’ six-game unbeaten run on a frustrating afternoon at The Hawthorns.

Latics skipper Sam Morsy scored the game’s only goal as the in-form visitors earned a valuable three points in their pursuit of Sky Bet Championship survival.   

Slaven Bilić named an unchanged side from Tuesday’s convincing 2-0 victory over Preston North End with Rekeem Harper continuing to deputise for suspended Romaine Sawyers.

After a placid opening it was the visitors who were first to threaten on eight minutes when Sam Johnstone was twice forced into low saves to deny Sam Morsy and Joe Williams from close range.

The Baggies were almost ahead moments later. Harper chased down a stray bouncing ball in the middle of the park to prod through Matheus Pereira who fired straight at David Marshall from 15 yards.

Gavin Massey should have fired the visitors in front on 19 but his diving-header from Kieffer Moore’s deep right-wing cross cannoned against the upright.

Wigan continued to show the confidence of a side that have lost just one of their last seven fixtures with Massey again causing problems two minutes later - cutting in from the left before dragging wide of the near post from 20 yards.

The Baggies were limited to half-chances throughout the opening 45 minutes, but Filip Krovinović probably thought he’d scored when his close-range shot was blocked inside the six-yard box.

Pereira played in Robinson with a defence-splitting pass seven minutes before the interval but Marshall was quick off his line to narrow the angle for the on-loan winger.

The two teams continued to exchange blows following the restart, Jamal Lowe flashing wide with a 51st-minute strike.

Matt Phillips’ introduction from the bench on 55 minutes almost paid immediate dividends when he played in Robson-Kanu but Albion’s top scorer was pursued and halted by Leon Balogun with referee Tony Harrington waving away appeals for a penalty.

The Latics continued to give as good as they got and carved out another chance just shy of the hour mark when Gary Roberts forced a near-post save from Johnstone.

Krovinović sent a driven low shot whistling past the right upright from 25 yards on 66 which large sections of the sell-out Hawthorns crowd thought had gone in.

But then the visitors took a 73rd-minute lead with Latics skipper Morsy blasting home a volley after a melee inside the Albion area.

Hal Robson-Kanu did his best to find an Albion equaliser but could not find the power to beat Marshall from Dara O'Shea's right-wing cross which the Latics stopper routinely saved. 

The Baggies continued their push for a late leveller but it was Wigan who almost scored once more, with Sam Johnstone forced into a superb stoppage-time save to deny Lowe. 

ALBION: Johnstone; O’Shea, Ajayi, Hegazi (Bartley 43), Townsend; Livermore, Harper (Phillips 55); Pereira, Krovinović, Robinson (Grosicki 61); Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond; Furlong, Austin, Barry.

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Ticket News

Extra tickets for Wigan clash

28 February 2020

Albion have made additional tickets available for the clash against Wigan Athletic following the move of the Smethwick End divide.

The Sky Bet Championship fixture against the Latics was on course for a sell-out in the home section but more seats are now on sale after the visiting club returned tickets from their allocation.

Blocks A3 and A6 in the Smethwick End are 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
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