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Match Previews

Cardiff v Albion match preview

28 January 2020

Albion will look for a ninth away league win of the season when they take on the Bluebirds at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm).

  • Tickets are on general sale and can be bought here.

Cardiff City

Their last league outing

Cardiff City fought back to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at St Andrew's in their last league fixture.

Lee Tomlin's second-half header earned the Bluebirds a share of the spoils, after Jude Bellingham had put Birmingham City into an early lead.

CARDIFF: Smithies; Richards, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Bacuna, Pack; Whyte, Tomlin (Glatzel 91), Hoilett (Ralls 84); Ward (Paterson 32).

Substitutes: Etheridge, Flint, Vaulks, Murphy.

In the dugout

The South Wales outfit are managed by former Millwall legend Neil Harris after he was appointed in November.

Upon ending his 15-year playing career as the Lions' all-time top goalscorer he stepped into coaching, becoming boss at The Den in 2015.

Harris missed out on promotion from Sky Bet League One in his first full season in charge after losing the play-off final, but the following campaign he earned Millwall a place in the Championship by winning at Wembley.

He guided them to eighth and 21st place finishes in his final two seasons there, and started this season in the capital but left by mutual consent in October.

One to watch

Lee Tomlin will be one to keep an eye on during Tuesday night's fixture.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder has been in great form for City recently, contributing three goals and four assists from his last 10 outings.

He signed a new contract to keep him in South Wales until 2022 earlier this month - much to the delight of the Cardiff faithful.

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Our last meeting

Last time out against Cardiff, Albion ran out 4-2 winners. Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana both registered delightful long-range strikes to put the Baggies in control at the interval.

Charlie Austin netted his maiden Sky Bet Championship goal of the season to put Slaven Bilić's men three ahead, although Cardiff substitute Danny Ward set up a nervy finale by bagging a brace.

Yet Romaine Sawyers scored his first goal for the Throstles in injury time to secure the points. 

Stats

Albion

The Baggies are unbeaten on the road in their last ten games in all competitions (P10, W7, D3, L0).

• Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers has made the most successful passes in the opposing team's half out of any Championship player so far this campaign (835).

• Slaven Bilić's men have lost just one game away from home this season, a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road to Leeds United.

Cardiff

 Cardiff are yet to win a Championship game in 2020, drawing with Birmingham and Swansea as well as losing 6-1 against QPR.

 City are undefeated at home to Albion since 1974 (P5, W1, D4).

• Across all competitions Cardiff have drawn four of their last five matches - the most recent of which came at Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Cardiff wins

League

21

13

15

FA Cup

2

2

1

League Cup

0

0

1

Total

23

15

17

Our man to watch

Conor Townsend netted his first goal for the Baggies in Saturday's FA Cup triumph at West Ham.

The left-back is taking advantage of a run in the team with Kieran Gibbs out injured, impressing boss Slaven Bilić who was "very pleased for him".

"It’s brilliant for Conor, to be fair he was undeservedly criticised in recent weeks but he never lost focus, his confidence or his drive and if anyone deserved the winner today in this manner away from home against a Premier League team, that’s him," said the gaffer.

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Ticket news

Tickets remain on general sale and can be purchased online, in person or by calling 0121 227 2227.

The Baggies have been handed an initial allocation of 1,570 for the fixture.

Prices:

Adults

£21

Seniors (60+)

£16

16-21 years

£11

Under-16s

£9

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Cardiff 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 Nigel Pearson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Tuesday.

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

Cardiff 2 Albion 1

28 January 2020

Albion tasted defeat on the road for just the second time this season in South Wales on Tuesday night.

Goals from Callum Paterson and Lee Tomlin either side of Charlie Austin’s leveller saw the Baggies frustrated by a side who have lost only once on home soil this campaign.

Bilić made six changes to the side that saw the Baggies through to the FA Cup fifth round at West Ham United on Saturday.

Sam Johnstone, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley, Jake Livermore, Romaine Sawyers and Nathan Ferguson all returned to the Croatian’s starting XI, while Dara O’Shea made his full league debut for Albion after impressing once more at the London Stadium.

The Baggies started brightly at the Cardiff City Stadium but it was the hosts who might have taken an early lead had Robert Glatzel not fired straight at Johnstone from Will Vaulks’ throughball.

Livermore flashed wide with a left-foot half-volley on 19 after the Bluebirds failed to fully clear from Phillips’ in-swinging corner.

City opted to sit deep for much of the opening half-hour, allowing Bilić’s men to dominate possession, while scoring opportunities remained at a premium.

Cardiff went close with two half-chances when Pack fired a low free-kick into the arms of Johnstone and Nelson headed wide from a long throw, before Phillips drove over from 30 yards for the Baggies.

O’Shea almost marked his maiden league outing with a goal four minutes before the interval, but the Republic of Ireland youngster flashed over at the back post after Albion put together their best move of the first half, with Edwards finding space on the left to fizz the ball across the box.

The Bluebirds were ahead within 60 seconds of the restart. Paterson slammed home from close range after Johnstone could only parry Sean Morrison’s volley from Vaulks’ long throw.

The Baggies should have been level inside six minutes. Phillips burst through a host of challenges down the right before Filip Krovinović fired inches over from the winger’s pullback.

The Croatian playmaker went close again two minutes later but Alex Smithies was on hand to make a routine save from his well-struck low shot.

Bilić introduced Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore just shy of the hour-mark and the Baggies were soon level. Krovinović was hacked down by Jazz Richards inside the box and Austin stepped up to send Smithies the wrong way and knock inside the right upright.

Krovinović dragged just wide of the right post from 30 yards on 64 as Albion went in pursuit of the lead. 

But it was the Bluebirds who earned a 76th-minute lead with a moment of real quality - Lee Tomlin firing a 22-yard free-kick over the Baggies wall and inside the left upright. 

Tomlin almost sealed it for the hosts with eight minutes remaining but after shifting on to his left foot he fired into the side netting from 12 yards.

A stoppage-time scramble inside the City box brought the home side a scare but Austin and Zohore were unable to get shots away.

But it wasn’t over yet.

Smithies had to be at his very best to deny Zohore from Phillips’ low cross with a sublime one-handed stop deep into time added on to seal three points for the hosts.

ALBION: Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley (Furlong 77), Hegazi, Ferguson; Livermore (c), Sawyers; Phillips, Krovinović, Edwards (Austin 59); Robson-Kanu (Zohore 59).

Subs: Bond; Furlong, Brunt, Townsend, Barry.

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Ticket News

Cardiff tickets on general sale

28 January 2020

Tickets are now on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff City on Tuesday, January 28 (ko 7.45pm).

The Baggies have been handed an initial allocation of 1,570 for the fixture which will take place at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Seats can be purchased online, in person or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices

Adults £21
Seniors (60+) £16 
16-21 year-olds £11
Under-16s £9

Supporters can purchase tickets on the day from the Away Ticket Office at Gate 12, which is cash only. On the day purchases will cost £23 for adults, £18 for seniors (60+), £13 for 16-21 year-olds, while under-16s tickets will cost £10.

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