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Albion v Cardiff match preview

5 October 2019

Albion will look for a third consecutive victory at The Hawthorns when they take on Cardiff in B71 on Saturday (ko 3pm).

•Tickets are on general sale and can be bought here.

Cardiff

Their last outing

Cardiff beat Queens Park Rangers 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Sean Morrison and Marlon Pack netted in the first-half, with Callum Paterson completing the scoring with just less than 20 minutes to play.

Cardiff: Smithies; Peltier, Morrison, Flint, Bennett; Bacuna, Pack, Whyte (Hoilett 87); Tomlin (Paterson 65), Glatzel (Ward 81), Murphy.

Substitutes: Etheridge, Nelson, Coxe, Mendez-Laing.

In the dugout

Cardiff are managed by Neil Warnock, who has been at the Club since October 2016.

An experienced manager, the Bluebirds job is Warnock’s eighth managerial position since the turn of the millennium.

The 70-year-old holds the record for the most promotions in English professional football with eight, having taken Cardiff to the Premier League in 2018.

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One to watch

Having made his Cardiff debut in 2011, Joe Ralls has made more than 200 appearances for the Bluebirds.

The midfielder has netted twice this season scoring in Cardiff’s opening-day defeat at Wigan and the Bluebirds’ 2-1 win against Huddersfield.

The 25-year-old played every minute of the Bluebirds' first nine Sky Bet Championship fixtures, but wasn't involved against QPR on Wednesday night.

Our last meeting

The most recent encounter between the Bluebirds and the Baggies was in March 2014, a 3-3 draw at The Hawthorns.

Albion went two goals ahead in the opening ten minutes as Morgan Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans found the net. 

Jordan Mutch scored to pull one back for the visitors, with Steven Caulker then levelling with less than 20 minutes to play. 

Thievy Bifouma netted what looked like a winner for Albion in stoppage time, but later still Mats Daehli once again restored parity.

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Stats

Albion

• Slaven Bilić's side are unbeaten at The Hawthorns in the Sky Bet Championship this season (W2, D2, L0).

• The Baggies are the third highest scorers in the division, with 17 goals. Preston North End and Fulham are the only teams to have scored more, both netting 18 times.

 Albion have had eight different scorers this season - Matt Phillips has hit the most, with four goals.

Cardiff

• The Bluebirds last won away from home against Manchester United in their final game of last season and haven’t won any of their five away games this season (W0, D3, L2).

 Neil Warnock's side are unbeaten in six in the league, but have won just twice in that time (W1, D4, L0).

 Cardiff's top scorers this season are Robert Glatzel and Ralls who both have two goals to their name.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Cardiff wins

League

20

13

15

League Cup

0

0

1

FA Cup

2

2

1

Total

22

15

17

Our man to watch

Having kept his first clean sheet of the season at QPR on Saturday, Sam Johnstone put in another impressive performance for the Baggies at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

Johnstone made a handful of important saves against Leeds United, including a brilliant double stop, firstly denying Patrick Bamford before blocking Helder Costa’s effort.

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Best of social

Despite defeat, Bilić's Baggies can hold their heads high and look forward to facing Cardiff.

Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale and can be bought 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

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Cardiff 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 Saturday.

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 Cardiff 2

5 October 2019

Albion returned to winning ways courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Cardiff City in a six-goal thriller at The Hawthorns.

Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana both registered delightful long-range strikes to put the Baggies in control at the interval, the latter netting his fourth of the season.

Yet, having twice come agonisingly close, it was a maiden Sky Bet Championship goal of the season for Charlie Austin which drew the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the majority of the 25,140 present, the biggest home crowd of the campaign to date.

Cardiff substitute Danny Ward set up a nervy finale by bagging a brace but it was Albion who secured all three points, Romaine Sawyers bagging his first goal for the club in injury time, to bounce back immediately from losing their nine-match unbeaten start to the season at Leeds United in midweek.

Albion, who celebrated the triumph on the club's annual Foundation Day, now have 22 points from their opening 11 matches and top the table heading into the October international break.

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Sam Johnstone was called into action early on to save from Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison before Albion gained a foothold in the game.

Austin went close to getting off the mark when he was denied by the legs of goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who produced a reflex save from close range.

Yet the Baggies were ahead just two minutes later as Periera exchanged a one-two with Diangana on the edge of the penalty area and struck home a first-time effort.

With Albion now firmly in control, the inspired Brazilian was denied by Smithies shortly afterwards following trickery down the left from Diangana.

Johnstone got down well to deny Gavin Whyte before Ajayi headed off target from Phillips' corner at the other end.

Austin was somehow denied again by Smithies from close range and, as like earlier in the first half, Albion found the net almost immediately afterwards.

Diangana led a swift counter-attack before firing low into the bottom corner from 20 yards to double Albion's advantage at the interval.

Robert Glatzel drilled a 51st-minute strike straight at Johnstone, before the Baggies stopper safely collected a downward header from Aden Flint.

Glatzel nodded a good opening off target for the visitors, before seeing a header ruled out for offside, as they looked for a route back into the encounter.

However, it was Albion who added a third goal in the 71st minute courtesy of Austin, much to his relief and those inside The Hawthorns, as he raced through and slotted past Smithies.

City substitute Ward slotted home within minutes of coming on to make it 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining, before heading home another late on.

But it was Albion who held firm, with Sawyers making sure of victory with a cool finish in added time, to celebrate in the first meeting between the two sides since 2014.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Ferguson, Livermore (c), Sawyers, Phillips (Krovinović 73) , Pereira, Diangana (Edwards 53), Austin (Zohore 81).

Subs: Bond, Gibbs, O'Shea, Robson-Kanu.

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Ticket News

Cardiff clash on general sale

1 October 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion's game against Cardiff City at The Hawthorns on Saturday, October 5 (ko 3pm).

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

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