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Albion v Leeds match preview

31 December 2019

Albion will look to go back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship when they take on Leeds United at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 5.15pm).

Leeds

Their last outing

In their last game, Leeds United won a nine-goal thriller against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

Blues came from behind three times to level but Wes Harding's injury-time own goal handed all three points to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Hélder Costa and Jack Harrison fired in first-half goals for Leeds, with Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas also netting for the visitors in the second half.

LEEDS: Casilla; Cooper, Ayling, White; Alioski, Dallas, Phillips; Hélder Costa, Klich (Berardi 86), Harrison; Nketiah (Roberts 81).

Substitutes: Meslier, Douglas, Gotts, Stevens, Casey.

In the dugout

Marcelo Bielsa has managed a host of clubs and countries around the world including Espanyol, Argentina, Chile, Athletico Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and Lille.

In June 2018, Bielsa took over as Leeds boss, leading his team to the play-offs last season, only to suffer defeat in the semi-final to Derby County.

One to watch

Patrick Bamford netted 10 times from 25 games last season, and has already started more fixtures this term than he did in his first season in Yorkshire. 

The 26-year-old was brought up at Nottingham Forest but moved to Chelsea as a teenager, though he didn’t get on the pitch at Stamford Bridge and had to develop in spells with MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley.

Boro signed Bamford in 2017 and he notched 14 goals from 53 showings in a year-and-a-half on Teesside before the Whites recruited him at the beginning of the 2018/19 challenge.

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Our last meeting

The most recent clash at The Hawthorns between Albion and Leeds was a 4-1 win for the Baggies in November 2018.

Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring at the start of the second half, and Matt Phillips doubled Albion’s lead from distance before Harvey Barnes and Dwight Gayle netted a quick-fire double.

Pablo Hernandez denied Sam Johnstone his clean sheet late on, but a 90th-minute header was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship - finding the net 47 times.

• The Baggies have beaten Leeds at The Hawthorns on their last three visits, scoring 11 goals in the process.

• Albion have won half of their home games this season (P12, W6, D5, L1).

Leeds

• Leeds haven’t won at The Hawthorns since 2002.

• Bielsa’s team have the second-best away record in the division - Albion are the only team to have had better results on the road.

• 20 of the 42 league goals Leeds have scored have been in the last 30 minutes of games.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Leeds wins

League

29

15

33

FA Cup

3

1

2

League Cup

1

2

1

Total

33

18

36

Best of social

Wise words from Romaine following Albion's second league defeat of the season against Middlesbrough.

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira has 10 assists to his name this season, along with five goals. 

After arriving at The Hawthorns in the summer, Pereira has been a constant attacking threat for the Baggies and is one of the many reasons Albion are the top scorers in the division.

Ticket news

The Hawthorns is a sell-out for the visit of Leeds.

Thank you, as always, for your brilliant support.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Leeds 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 Wednesday.

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 Leeds 1

1 January 2020

Albion opened 2020 with a 1-1 draw against Leeds United in their top-of-the-table encounter at The Hawthorns.

Semi Ajayi handed the Baggies a dream start with his fourth goal of the season after just two minutes as goaline technology confirmed his flicked effort from Matheus Pereira's corner had crossed the line.

Yet the visitors drew level in the 52nd minute when substitute Patrick Bamford's header bounced off Ajayi's shoulder and beyond Sam Johnstone.

It ensured the spoils were shared in an absorbing New Year's Day encounter in front of the club's biggest home attendance of the season, 25,618, and both sides remained level at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.

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Albion showed four changes from Sunday's defeat to Middlesbrough, only the club's second of the season, with fit-again Kieran Gibbs returning alongside Kyle Bartley, Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinović.

And they made the perfect start, Ajayi flicking the ball over the line from Kyle Bartley's header back across goal, despite the best efforts of Jack Harrison's attempted clearance, after the visitors had failed to clear Pereira's corner.

Matt Phillips' sent a clever free-kick into the side-netting before Leeds started to gain a foothold in the encounter, albeit without testing Johnstone.

The Baggies lost Gibbs to injury in the 18th minute, replaced by Conor Townsend, before Sawyers saw loud penalty appeals waved away having been sent to ground by Mateusz Klich.

Pereira tested Kiko Casilla before Helder Costa did likewise at the other end, forcing a save from Johnstone, as an enthralling encounter flowed from end to end.

Casilla was again called into action by Pereira to parry away his curling 30-yard free-kick before Phillips was denied by the United keeper on the stroke of half-time having been sent clean through, Robson-Kanu firing the rebound over the crossbar.

Yet Leeds were level within seven second-half minutes, sub Bamford seeing his header from Harrison's cross bounce off Ajayi's shoulder and past the despairing Johnstone.

Kyle Edwards was introduced just after the hour mark with the visitors dominating proceedings.

Pereira again forced Casilla into a save with an inswinging free-kick in the 69th minute before Phillips fired off target from the edge of the penalty area as Albion applied pressure.

Kenneth Zohore stepped off the bench late on, with Darnell Furlong's flick kept out by Casilla before Johnstone saved from Bamford and Casilla tipped over from Edwards amid a frantic finale as the clash finished all square.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs (Townsend 18), Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips (Zohore 84), Pereira, Krovinović (Edwards 62), Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond, Hegazi, Barry, Austin.

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Ticket News

Leeds tickets on sale

2 December 2019

Tickets are now on sale for Albion's game on New Year's Day against Leeds United at The Hawthorns on Wednesday, January 1 (ko 5.15pm).

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.
 
Dates of sale
Monday, December 2
Home season ticket holders & members
Wednesday, December 4 General sale, must have 10 loyalty points
 
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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