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Match Previews

Albion v Stoke match preview

20 January 2020

Albion will look to retain their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship when they face Stoke City at The Hawthorns on Monday night (ko 8pm).

Stoke

Their last outing

In their most recent game, Stoke played out a 0-0 draw against Millwall at the bet365 Stadium.

A feisty encounter in which Gary Rowett returned to his former club saw the Lions play out the final few minutes of the game with ten men after Shaun Williams was sent off for a late tackle on Liam Lindsay.

STOKE: Butland; Smith, Batth, Lindsay, Martins Indi (Gregory 89); Allen, Powell, Clucas; McClean (Verlinden 80), Vokes, Campbell.

Substitues: Davies, Ince, Woods, Cousins, Collins.

In the dugout

In his playing days Michael O’Neill had spells at several clubs including Newcastle United, Dundee United, Hibernian, Coventry City and Wigan Athletic, and also represented Northern Ireland on the international stage more than 30 times.

O’Neill took charge of Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers before becoming manager of Northern Ireland in 2011. In November he became Stoke manager, while also continuing his national team duties in the meantime.

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One to watch

Sam Clucas has played 26 league games for the Potters this season, netting six times. The midfielder’s most recent goal was against Middlesbrough on Friday, December 20.

The 29-year-old has had spells at Hereford United, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield, Hull City and Swansea City before his move to Stoke City in 2018.

Our last league meeting

The last time Albion took on Stoke, the Baggies won 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium. Matt Phillips opened the scoring early on, with Hal Robson-Kanu scoring from the spot with just more than 20 minutes to play to secure the points and send the away fans home happy.

You can watch the highlights of the game here.

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Stats

Albion

• Slaven Bilić’s men are the top scorers in the Sky Bet Championship, with 50 goals.

• The Baggies have beaten Stoke in the last three meetings between the two sides.

• Albion have lost just one game at The Hawthorns since February 2019.

Stoke

• The Potters have won three of their last seven league games (P7, W3, D2, L2).

• Michael O’Neill’s men hit five in their last game on the road, beating Huddersfield Town 5-2 at the John Smith's Stadium.

• Stoke have won just three of their 13 away league games this season (P13, W3, D1, L9).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Stoke wins

League

46

35

60

FA Cup

3

2

0

Total

49

37

60

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Wise words from Jake.

Our man to watch

After being called back into the team for Albion's FA Cup clash against Charlton, Kenneth Zohore found the net and got the nod to start in the Baggies' next league fixture against the Addicks.

Once again, the 25-year-old scored, firing the Throstles into a 1-0 lead before the game eventually ended 2-2. The 6ft 2in Danish striker now has four goals to his name in the blue and white stripes.

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Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale 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, 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.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Stoke 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 Monday.

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 Stoke 1

20 January 2020

Albion were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City with the Baggies tasting Sky Bet Championship defeat for just the third time this season on a frustrating evening at The Hawthorns.

Slaven Bilić’s men were unable to translate dominance in possession into clear-cut goalscoring opportunities with Tyrese Campbell’s early strike enough to claim all three points for the Potters.

The Baggies boss made two changes to his starting XI with Ahmed Hegazi taking the place of Semi Ajayi while Grady Diangana’s return was cut short on four minutes when he pulled up through injury.

The disappointment of Diangana’s departure was compounded further when Stoke took a ninth-minute lead.

Tom Ince showed great pace to get in behind Hegazi before crossing to Campbell who duly slotted inside the left upright from eight yards.

Jack Butland kept out Matheus Pereira’s header on the goalline after Stoke failed to defend Kenneth Zohore’s header from Hegazi’s left-flank cross.

Goalmouth action remained at a premium for much of the opening 45 minutes with the stop-start nature of the game hindering Bilić’s Baggies despite their dominance in possession.

However, Albion sprung into action five minutes before the interval with Matt Phillips’ 25-yard strike dipping just over the crossbar before Zohore headed wide of the back post from Hal Robson-Kanu’s inswinging cross.

Pereira went closer still with a stoppage-time free-kick but his left-foot drive drifted just wide of the far post from 25 yards and the Baggies trailed at the break.

Albion forced the Potters deep in the opening exchanges of the second half with Darnell Furlong drawing a low save from Butland, before Robson-Kanu pushed a diving-header wide from Zohore’s cross.

But it was the visitors who almost doubled their lead with a rare foray into Albion’s half on the hour mark - Lee Gregory dragging wide from 12 yards after being played in by Joe Allen.

Albion continued to dominate the ball but it was Johnstone who was called into action nine minutes later when he dived down low to parry Martins Indi’s fierce strike.

It was attack versus defence from then on with Stoke firmly camped in their own half. Bilić signalled his intent for the final 15 minutes when Charlie Austin joined Zohore in attack and Chris Brunt replaced Conor Townsend at left-back.

The set-piece specialist was heavily involved as the Baggies pursued an equaliser that ultimately did not come.

ALBION: Johnstone; Furlong, Bartley, Hegazi, Townsend (Brunt 75); Livermore (c), Sawyers; Phillips, Pereira, Diangana (Zohore 4); Robson-Kanu (Austin 75).

Subs: Bond; Ajayi, Krovinović, Edwards.

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Ticket News

Stoke clash on general sale

16 January 2020

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Stoke City at The Hawthorns on Monday, January 20 (ko 8pm).

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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