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Sheffield Wednesday v Albion match preview

30 June 2020

Slaven Bilić's Baggies will search for a 12th away win of the season when they head to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday (ko 7.45pm).

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Sheffield Wednesday

Their last outing

Last time out Sheffield Wednesday beat Bristol City 2-1 on the road thanks to two goals from corners.

Connor Wickham headed the Owls in front in the 13th minute, while Massimo Luongo volleyed in a second on the hour mark.

Nahki Wells scored a header to pull one back for the Robins nine minutes later, but Garry Monk’s men held on for all three points.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Wildsmith; Palmer, Iorfa, Börner (Fox 45); Murphy (Odubajo 75), Lee, Bannan, Luongo (Pelupessy 76), Harris;  Rhodes (Da Cruz 61), Wickham (Nuhiu 82).

Substitutes: Dawson, Lees, Hunt, Reach.

In the dugout

Garry Monk helped Swansea City rise from the basement of the EFL to become a Premier League side as a player over the space of a decade, and it was at the Liberty Stadium where he made his name as a manager.

Appointed in February 2014, Monk guided the Swans to safety and the round of 32 in the Europa League in his maiden season in charge before his 12-year affiliation with the club ended the following season with Swansea in 15th place in the Premier League.

Spells with Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City followed for Monk before he took the Sheffield Wednesday job in September.

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One to watch

Conor Wickham has netted two in two for the Owls since the restart.

The 27-year-old fired in a last-minute equaliser against Nottingham Forest - his first goal for Wednesday after joining on loan in January, and the opening goal against Bristol City on Sunday.

Our last meeting

The last time we faced Sheffield Wednesday, Charlie Austin netted a late winner from the penalty spot to secure a 2-1 victory.

Hal Robson-Kanu fired Albion ahead early on, but Steve Fletcher scored from the spot just before the hour mark after Filip Krovinović was judged to have fouled Kieran Lee.

In the closing stages of the game, Matheus Pereira was felled in the box by Owls ‘keeper Keiren Westwood, allowing Austin to settle the tie from 12 yards out. Liam Palmer received a red card in injury time for a late tackle on Grady Diangana.

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• Slaven Bilić’s men have kept four clean sheets in their last six league games.

• Albion are joint-top scorers in the Championship with 64 goals.

• The Baggies have won on three of their last six visits to Hillsborough (W3, D2, L1).

Sheffield Wednesday

• The Owls have won just three of their last 16 league games (W3, D4, L9).

• Two of the last five goals Garry Monk’s men have scored have come in the last minute.

• The last eight goals Wednesday have scored have been shared by seven different goalscorers - with Conor Wickham the only player to have scored twice in that time.

Head to head


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Our man to watch

Kenneth Zohore came off the bench against Brentford and came very close to equalising for the Baggies, with his effort from the edge of the box crashing back off the crossbar.

The Danish striker has five goals to his name this term in his 20 appearances.

Best of social

Some wise words from Matheus.

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Season tickets holders who have claimed an iFollow package can again watch Albion play live when the Baggies take on Sheffield Wednesday.

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Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Wednesday is also 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.

International 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

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Albion 3

1 July 2020

Albion advanced their push for automatic promotion and kept the chasing pack at bay with a hard-fought 3-0 win at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

A Charlie Austin penalty was followed up by a Matheus Pereira double, as an exquisite header and a drilled close-range effort sealed victory at Sheffield Wednesday and retained the Baggies’ five-point advantage over third place in the Sky Bet Championship. 
Slaven Bilić made five changes to his starting XI as Albion enter a period of seven fixtures in just 22 days. 
Charlie Austin replaced Hal Robson-Kanu up front, while Kyle Bartley, Filip Krovinović, Rekeem Harper and Dara O’Shea made their first starts since the league resumed in June. 
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And Albion started brightly. Grady Diangana had the first shot of the game after just 90 seconds when his left-foot effort went a yard over from distance.
Albion came out the blocks in a more direct fashion than they had in their opening two fixtures with Austin keeping Wednesday defenders busy from the outset. 
The hosts soon made their first forward move of the game with Jordan Rhodes prodding a volley wide of the left upright from Liam Palmer’s right-wing cross.  
Wednesday went closer still on 10 minutes when Connor Wickham headed into the side netting from Jacob Murphy’s corner. 
Kadeem Harris almost netted a fortunate goal moments later when his left-foot drive clipped the heels of skipper-for-the-night Bartley but Sam Johnstone recovered to make a comfortable save. 
Albion, who had started brightly, were by now under sustained pressure from the hosts and Adam Reach was the latest player to fire at the Baggies’ goal, flashing wide of the post from 20 yards. 
After a blistering start the game reached an impasse after the first-half drinks break with both sides struggling to create clear-cut opportunities. 
With eight minutes of the first half remaining Albion were awarded a penalty after O’Shea was dragged down by Moses Odubajo as the pair were drawn to Pereira’s outswinging free-kick. 
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Up step Bostin’ Austin who sent Joe Wildsmith the wrong way to coolly slot the ball inside the right post and give Albion their first goal since the restart.
Harper almost doubled Albion’s lead in first-half stoppage time but saw a well-hit, 20-yard shot whistle past the post.
Unchanged after the interval, Bilić’s men were soon in pursuit of a second - Diangana breaking down the left to find Pereira who fired over from 25 yards.  
The Baggies doubled their lead three minutes later with Pereira glancing a superb left-wing header inside the back post with consummate ease. 
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Wednesday almost pulled one back on the hour mark but Harris' curling effort hit the post full-on and bounced to safety.
Wickham saw an ambitious half-volley fly wide of the right post on 65. 
Kamil Grosicki came close to netting Albion’s third from fellow-substitute Robson-Kanu’s through ball but Wildsmith was quick off his line to smother.  
Grosicki was denied once more with 10 minutes remaining when a last-ditch block from Moses Odubajo halted his goal-bound strike. 
Down the other end, Kieran Gibbs managed to get his body in the way of a close-range Wickham shot to divert it for a corner, before the Baggies secured the points.
Grosicki's cross found Pereira unmarked at the back post, and the Brazilian shifted the ball on to his left before drilling a powerful strike into the roof of the net, as Albion made it 12 league wins on the road this season.
Albion: Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley, Hegazi, Gibbs; Sawyers, Harper (Ajayi 88); Diangana (Robinson 55), Krovinovic (Grosicki 69), Pereira (Livermore 88); Austin (Robson-Kanu 69).
Subs: Bond, Furlong, Brunt, Townsend. 

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