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Albion v Hull match preview

5 July 2020

Albion will continue their push for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday when they take on Hull City at The Hawthorns (ko 3pm).

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Hull City

Their last outing

Hull City ended a run of 13 Sky Bet Championship games without a win in their last outing against Middlesbrough.

Britt Assombalonga put Boro ahead early on from the penalty spot, but Herbie Kane curled in a superb free-kick to pull the Tigers level within the first 10 minutes.

The game looked set for a draw, until in injury time Mallik Wilks netted a late winner for the home side to secure their first league win since New Year’s Day.

Hull: Long; Pennington, Burke, de Wijs, Elder (Stewart 41); Batty (Toral 82), Da Silva Lopes; Wilks, Kane (Honeyman 28), Scott (Lewis-Potter 45), Magennis (Eaves 82).

Subs: Ingram, Tafazolli, MacDonald, Samuelsen.

In the dugout

During Grant McCann's playing career he played for West Ham, Cheltenham Town, Barnsley, Scunthorpe United, Peterborough United and Linfield, as well as making 39 appearances for Northern Ireland.

After a short time at Linfield, McCann decided to move into coaching at Peterborough in 2015, taking on the manager's job in 2016. Grant spent two seasons at London Road, departing in February 2018 and taking on the Doncaster job in June 2018.

In his one season at Doncaster, McCann took Donny to the Play-Off Final but lost out to Charlton who gained promotion. McCann has been with Hull just over a year now and has had a mixed start.

On New Year’s Day, Hull won at Sheffield Wednesday to move into eighth and went just a point off the play-offs. Since then they have sold key players such as Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki and picked up just six points from 14 games, leaving them in a relegation battle.

One to watch

Tom Eaves has netted eight times for the Tigers this term.

The Liverpool-born forward signed from Gillingham in the summer after bagging 21 Sky Bet League One goals last season.

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Our last meeting

A solitary first-half strike from skipper Jake Livermore against his old club was enough to hand the Baggies a victory at the KCOM Stadium the last time the two teams met.

Livermore took aim from distance and drilled his effort into the corner, leaving George Long with little chance of making a save.

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Stats

Albion

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

• Albion are unbeaten in their last five games at The Hawthorns against Hull (W4, D1, L0).

• The Baggies have scored three goals in three of their last four home games against the Tigers.

Hull City

• The Tigers’ last win at The Hawthorns was in October 2008.

• Gavin McCann’s side have picked up two points from their last six away games (W0, D2, L4).

• Last time out, Hull managed their first league win since New Year’s Day, ending a run of 13 league games without a win.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Hull wins

League

20

16

17

League Cup

1

0

0

FA Cup

1

0

2

Total

22

16

19

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira grabbed his seventh and eighth Sky Bet Championship goals of the season last time out against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Brazilian has scored four times at The Hawthorns and the same amount of times on the road for the Baggies during his inaugural campaign in English football.

Best of social

Sunday's Albion News programme cover.

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

If supporters have not claimed an iFollow package, they can still buy a match pass to watch the game live. Find out more here.

Please ensure you have your redeemed your code and logged in to your account well in advance of the game. IFollow coverage starts one hour before kick-off.

Once logged in, supporters should visit our Match Centre and click 'Watch Now'. 

If you have any problems with iFollow please contact ifollow@efl.com

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Tigers 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 Sunday.

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

Albion 4 Hull 2

17 Hours ago

Albion beat Hull City 4-2 at The Hawthorns to take another big step in their battle for promotion.

Charlie Austin, Ahmed Hegazi, Kamil Grosicki and Grady Diangana were on the scoresheet while Matheus Pereira claimed a hat-trick of assists in a glittering performance.

The win takes the Baggies to 77 points, just one behind Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds and five in front of third-placed Brentford with five games remaining.

Slaven Bilić made one change to the side that won 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek with Grosicki making his first start for Albion against his former employers.

The Baggies were ahead after just four minutes when Bostin’ Austin struck again, chesting down from a flat Pereira cross before slamming past George Long from eight yards.

The visitors went close themselves on 13 minutes but Mallik Wilks’ low drive clipped the heels of Kieran Gibbs 20 yards out and whistled wide of the left upright.

The Tigers were level on 24. The Baggies failed to clear a left-wing corner and Kevin Stewart blasted in a low left-foot half-volley.

Albion almost regained their lead on the half-hour mark but Pereira’s volley from 25 yards took a big deflection and flashed wide.

Grosicki so nearly earned the Baggies a second in the 35th minute, with Long getting down low to keep out a right-foot shot at his near post.

And Albion led once more from the resulting corner, Hegazi nipping in at the front post to head in from Pereira’s delivery.

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Long was again forced into a good save on 42 when he dived to his left to parry Filip Krovinović’s 25-yard drive.

By now Albion should have had a third. Austin fired a left-foot volley wide of the right upright following a pullback from Conor Townsend, who had replaced the injured Gibbs, before Pereira again tested Long with a fierce left-foot shot.

And yet the game remained on a knife edge.

Bilić’s men suffered a setback three minutes after the restart with Wilks heading the visitors level from a set-piece, but it did not take the Baggies long to regain their lead.

Less than 60 seconds later Pereira had his hat-trick of assists, playing in Grosicki with a sublime defence-splitting pass, with the Poland international keeping his cool to roll the ball beyond Long from 15 yards.

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For all their dominance the Baggies’ lead hung in the balance and Wilks came close to equalising moments later but blasted over from close range.

Pereira almost had a goal of his own on 55 but flashed wide from 20 yards after completing a one-two with Krovinović from a right-wing corner.

Sam Johnstone made a strong one-handed save with an hour gone to keep out Jon Toral’s well-struck effort from 25 yards.

It was time for reinforcements and they came in the shape of skipper Jake Livermore and Hal Robson-Kanu who have each played an instrumental role in Albion’s campaign to date.

Johnstone was again called into action on 65 and what a fine finger-tip save he made again to deny Toral and retain the Baggies’ lead.

With 15 minutes remaining the Baggies finally had a fourth much to the relief of a clearly-animated Bilić who screamed with delight on the touchline.

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Diangana, who replaced Harper just four minutes earlier, found time and space on the edge of the box before he slipped the ball inside the right post unopposed.

With less than quarter of an hour to play and with a two-goal lead to hang on to, Albion played with a confidence until the final whistle, with Albion’s front players, in particularly Diangana, causing problems for the Tigers’ backline.

In the closing moments, Hegazi received a second yellow card for a foul on Wilks.

Albion: Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley (c), Hegazi, Gibbs (Townsend 36); Sawyers (Livermore 62), Harper (Diangana 72); Grosicki, Pereira, Krovinović (Brunt 72); Austin (Robson-Kanu 62).

Subs: Bond; Furlong, Ajayi, Livermore, Robinson.

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