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Albion v Huddersfield match preview

21 September 2019

Albion could extend their unbeaten run to eight Sky Bet Championship games when they face Huddersfield at The Hawthorns on Sunday (ko 12pm).

Huddersfield

Their last outing

Huddersfield fell to a 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in their last game. Goals either side of the break from Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall resigned Danny Cowley to defeat in his first match in charge of the Terriers, as the visitors took all three points from the Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium.

HUDDERSFIELD: Grabara; Kongolo, Schindler, Elphick, Hadergjonaj; O’Brien (Bacuna, 55), Hogg, Chalobah; Grant, Campbell (Mounié, 77), Diakhaby (Mbenza, 55)

In the dugout

After seeing Danny Cowley lead Lincoln City to two promotions in three impressive seasons, Huddersfield appointed the 40-year-old as their manager at the start of September. 

Cowley guided part-time Braintree Town to the National League Play-Offs before his move to Lincoln. In his first season with the Imps, Cowley won the National League title, pausing only for a 7th place finish the following campaign before winning the League Two title last term.

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One to watch

Karlan Grant has netted four times for the Terriers during this campaign. Last season, Grant fired in 14 League One goals for Charlton Athletic before moving to Huddersfield, where he found the net four times in 13 Premier League games.

The 21-year-old striker made his Charlton debut in 2014 and had loan spells at Cambridge United and Crawley on his way to becoming a first-team regular for the Addicks before his move to Huddersfield last January.

Our last meeting

The last time we faced the Terriers at The Hawthorns was in a Premier League clash in February 2018, which Huddersfield won 2-1.

That game aside, the most recent occasion Albion played the Yorkshire-based club in the Midlands was back in 2001, as Jason Roberts netted a 17th minute equaliser to earn the Baggies a 1-1 draw after Andy Booth had put the visitors ahead.

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Stats

Albion

 Avoiding defeat would mean the Baggies extend their unbeaten run to eight Sky Bet Championship games and remain the only team in the division not to lose so far (W3, D4, L0).

 Slaven Bilić's side have come from behind to gain 12 league points this season.

 The last time Albion played at The Hawthorns on a Sunday, Jay Rodriguez scored a late penalty to earn the Baggies a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on December 31, 2017.

Huddersfield

 The Terriers have taken just one point from their first seven league games, losing their last five games (W0, D1, L6).

 Huddersfield have scored just five league goals this term.

 Just two players have netted for the Terriers during this campaign - Karlan Grant has scored four times and Trevoh Chalobah has one goal to his name.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Huddersfield wins

League

24

16

28

FA Cup

1

1

1

Total

25

17

29

Our man to watch

Semi Ajayi has been a rock at the back for Bilić's Baggies since his arrival from Rotherham United in the summer.

Albion's centre-half has made 308 passes, won 27 aerial duels and completed 25 clearances in his seven Sky Bet Championship appearances this campaign, netting his first goal for the Club against Fulham last Saturday.

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Best of social

Bilić's Baggies will look to hold on to this statistic for as long as possible.

Man in the middle

The referee for Sunday’s match is Tim Robinson, and he’ll be assisted by Ian Cooper and Daniel Leach with Robert Jones as the fourth official.

Tim Robinson took charge of four Albion fixtures last term, officiating for a Hawthorns win against Millwall and loss to Middlesbrough plus defeats on the road at Leeds and Derby.

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Ticket news

Albion will be running two special ticket deals for the game; Under-18s will be able to watch the game at The Hawthorns for just £1, while season ticket holders can bring a friend along for just £10.

Tickets are now 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

Disabled

£10

Under-18s

£1

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Terriers 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 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 Huddersfield 2

22 September 2019

Resilient Albion twice came from behind to secure a 4-2 victory over Huddersfield Town and preserve their unbeaten record in the Sky Bet Championship.

Matt Phillips struck in the 19th minute to quickly cancel out Lewis O'Brien's opener, although it was the struggling visitors who led at the interval as Karlan Grant capitalised on a defensive error.

However, Slaven Bilić's side were the dominant force after the restart and saw Phillips clip the woodwork before Darnell Furlong headed home his maiden goal for the club to level matters in the 70th minute.

And it was left for Phillips to put the hosts ahead just four minutes later, courtesy of a second assist for impressive half-time substitute Grady Diangana, before Semi Ajayi added a late fourth to ensure Albion remain unbeaten after their opening eight league matches - for only the fourth time in the club's history.

The battling Baggies have now secured 15 of their 16 points so far from losing positions, showing belief and spirit aplenty, with a trip to QPR next up on Saturday lunchtime.

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Albion showed one change from last weekend's draw at Fulham, Filip Krovinović recalled in place of Diangana.

The hosts came close to taking an 11th-minute lead, Charlie Austin seeing his shot deflected narrowly wide after a sumptuous cross-field pass from Romaine Sawyers found Furlong out wide.

Yet it was Town who opened the scoring in the 16th-minute courtesy of O'Brien's fierce low, angled drive from the edge of the penalty area.

However, the deficit lasted just three minutes as Phillips side-footed home Austin's lay-off following excellent work from Furlong to put through the legs of Terence Kongolo down the right and surge into the penalty area.

The Baggies subsequently dominated possession as they looked to build but were punished for a defensive mistake 10 minutes before the break, Grant capitalising to put the visitors into a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Diangana replaced Krovinović for the second half and Albion almost restored parity immediately, Phillips firing over when well placed.

Tommy Elphick flicked captain Jake Livermore's strike on to the roof of the net before Phillips saw his teasing cross evade everyone and rebound off the far post.

Austin's header forced an impressive reflex save from Kamil Grabara, Livermore flashed a half-volley just wide and Phillips' long-range strike was tipped wide as the hosts pushed for a second-half leveller.

And it deservedly came in the 70th minute as Furlong rose highest to head home Dianagana's left-wing cross off a post.

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Head Coach Bilić turned to Kenneth Zohore off the bench as the Baggies continued to press in search of all three points.

And the winner came courtesy of great work down the left from Diangana, who skipped into the penalty area and squared for Phillips to slot home his second of the afternoon and send the home crowd into raptures. 

Ajayi then got in on the act to add a late headed fourth from Matheus Pereira's corner and ensure Albion secured back-to-back home wins.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Ferguson, Livermore (c), Sawyers, Phillips (Robson-Kanu 82), Krovinović (Diangana 46), Pereira, Austin (Zohore 72).

Subs: Bond, O'Shea, Brunt, Edwards.

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Ticket News

Two ticket offers for Terriers test

19 September 2019

Albion will be running two special ticket deals for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Huddersfield Town at The Hawthorns on Sunday, September 22 (ko 12pm).

Under-18s will be able to watch the game at The Hawthorns for just £1, while season ticket holders can bring a friend along for just £10.

Tickets are now 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

Disabled

£10

Under-18s

£1

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