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Albion v Bristol City match preview

26 November 2019

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will search for a fourth consecutive Sky Bet Championship win when they take on Bristol City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 8pm).

Bristol City remains on general sale

Bristol City

Their last outing

On Saturday, Bristol City played out a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest. 

Andreas Weimann saw a deflected pass bounce back off the post with the Robins’ best chance, before Forest’s Ryan Yates saw red for a tackle on Ádám Nagy.

However, the ten-men visitors went close through Lewis Grabban, before Rodri hooked a shot over the crossbar for the hosts late on.

Bristol City: Bentley; Wright (Palmer 65), Williams, Baker; Pereira, Brownhill, Nagy, O’Dowda (Eliasson 65), Rowe; Diédhiou, Weimann (Rodri 76).

Substitutes: Mäenpää, Massengo, Smith, Semenyo.

In the dugout

Lee Johnson is the seventh-longest-serving manager in the top four tiers of English football. 

After spells with Oldham Athletic and Barnsley, Johnson arrived at Bristol City amidst a Championship relegation battle in 2016.

The Robins boss managed to steer the club to an 18th-placed finish and since then his team have steadily improved, finishing 17th, 11th and then eighth last term.

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One to watch

Bristol City’s box-to-box midfielder Josh Brownhill became the youngest captain in the Sky Bet Championship when he was handed the armband at Ashton Gate in the summer - and has arguably been the Robins' player of the season so far.

Brownhill made his debut for Preston North End in 2013 and after time on loan at Barnsley in 2016 he made his move to join Lee Johnson’s side. 

Since then the former Manchester United schoolboy has played more than 100 games for the Robins including match-winning goals against Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City in recent weeks. 

Our last meeting

The Baggies came out on top beating Bristol City 4-2 in a six-goal thriller the last time the Robins visited The Hawthorns.

The home side stormed into an early lead before the half-hour mark as Jay Rodriguez fired a double either side of a Dwight Gayle goal.

Lloyd Kelly clawed a goal back for Bristol City on the hour, but Harvey Barnes replied to restore Albion’s three-goal lead almost instantly. Famara Diedhiou netted shortly after for the visitors, but it proved to make little difference.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies are unbeaten on home turf this season. Preston North End are the only other team undefeated at home.

• Albion are joint-top scorers in the Championship, firing in 31 goals - the same amount as Preston North End.

• Bilić’s team have lost just one of their 17 league games this season.

Bristol City

• Lee Johnson’s team have lost just one of their away games this season (P9, W4, D4, L1).

• The Robins have drawn eight league games this season, with Middlesbrough the only other Championship team to have drawn as many.

• Albion have scored four goals in each of the last three league games Bristol City have played at The Hawthorns.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Bristol City wins

League

17

12

13

FA Cup

3

2

0

League Cup

0

1

1

Total

20

15

14

Our man to watch

Hal Robson-Kanu has netted four goals in six games for the Baggies. 

After firing in three goals from off the bench against Middlesbrough, Charlton and Stoke, Slaven Bilić put his trust in Robson-Kanu by starting him against Hull City and then Sheffield Wednesday.

Hal scored his fourth of the season after ten minutes against the Owls with a low finish after latching on to a Matheus Pereira pass.

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Best of social

Smiles all round after the Sheffield Wednesday win.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s fixture will be Geoff Eltringham, and he’ll be assisted by Sam Lewis and Adrian Waters - with Tim Robinson acting as the fourth official.

Eltringham has officiated one Albion game this season, overseeing the Baggies’ 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers.

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

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.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Robins 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.

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 Bristol City 1

27 November 2019

Albion triumphed 4-1 over Bristol City to record a fourth successive league victory for the first time since 2012.

The in-form Baggies, who went into the encounter on the back of wins over Stoke City, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday, are now unbeaten in eight Sky Bet Championship matches.

Kieran Gibbs put Albion on their way after just 10 minutes, slotting home a superb backheel from the impressive Grady Diangana, who shone at The Hawthorns alongside the scintillating Matheus Pereira in what was a fantastic team performance.

And it was the Portuguese who added an exquisite second just before half-time when he clipped a deft free-kick into the top corner to put Slaven Bilić's side firmly in control.

Robins substitute Famara Diedhiou reduced the arrears late on but Hal Robson-Kanu replied almost immediately with his fifth goal in seven matches before Charlie Austin came off the bench to bag his second in as many games and seal all three points.

Victory, coming against a City side who had previously tasted just one defeat on the road this term, extends Albion's unbeaten home league record since February and ensures they regain top spot in the table.

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Head coach Bilić made four changes from Saturday's dramatic victory over Sheffield Wednesday, fit-again Gibbs returning alongside Nathan Ferguson, Romaine Sawyers and captain Jake Livermore, all of whom had completed suspensions.

And it took the hosts just 10 minutes to open the scoring courtesy of a touch of brilliance from Diangana.

The winger won possession in a dangerous area and surged forward, racing on to a throughball from Robson-Kanu before showing fantastic awareness to backheel into the path of Gibbs, who slotted into an almost empty net.

Diangana came close to getting in on the act himself moments later, firing narrowly wide.

Yet Pereira did add a sublime second in the 40th minute as he dinked an inch-perfect free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

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Diangana and Gibbs both drilled efforts goalwards as Albion surged forwards in search of further reward yet it remained 2-0 at the interval.

City flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half but the Baggies stood up to the pressure and went close to a adding a third themselves through Robson-Kanu.

Diangana was denied by a last-ditch challenge from Robins centre-back Nathan Baker soon after the hour mark, before a combination of Ferguson and Kyle Bartley almost put through their own net at the other end.

An end-to-end second half then saw Robson-Kanu denied by City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Robins substitute Diedhiou pulled back a goal for the visitors in the 80th minute but it did not prevent Albion from sealing all three points as Robson-Kanu converted just two minutes later to restore the home side's two-goal advantage.

Baggies sub Austin then got in on the act in the 87th minute, firing home from close range after his initial effort had rebounded of a post, to put the gloss on a fantastic display and ensure the Baggies remain unbaten on home soil against the Robins since 1993. 

Albion: Johnstone, Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs (Furlong 70), Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips, Pereira (Austin 83), Diangana (Edwards 76), Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Bond, Hegazi, Barry, Krovinović.

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Ticket News

Bristol City remains on general sale

26 November 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion's game against Bristol City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 8pm).

The Baggies are unbeaten on home turf this season, gaining 16 points in B71 (W4, D4, L0).
 
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

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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