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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Derby County

6 January 2017

Everything you need to know as Albion's FA Cup adventure gets underway

Albion's FA Cup campaign begins this weekend as they welcome Derby County to The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition

Steve McClaren's men are in fine form despite a 3-0 reverse against Norwich City last time out. The defeat in East Anglia put an end to an astonishing ten-game unbeaten run in the Championship which saw the Rams pick up 26 points from a possible 30. They'll be hoping to get back on track with an FA Cup scalp against the Baggies.

Last time out

After trailing 1-0, Albion scored three goals in the final 25 minutes to beat Derby at The Hawthorns in what would be a promotion-winning campaign for Roberto Di Matteo's side in February 2010. Chris Brunt was at the double, with Simon Cox wrapping up the points late on.

TWO'S COMPANY: Brunty bags his second in the 2010 triumph

Team news

Jonny Evans was substituted with a knock against Hull City on Monday and will be assessed ahead of the cup clash. 

Cyrus Christie and Manchester United loanee James Wilson remain long-term absentees for the visitors. Former Baggie George Thorne is also likely to miss out.

Stats

Albion's home form has been superb this season. Winning four of the last five games, the Baggies have scored 19 goals at home so far. Only Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have a better return.

Matt Phillips made the step up from the Championship to the Premier League in the summer and has had a hand in 11 goals in his last 11 games (4 goals, 7 assists).

From the archive

Andy Hunt, Richard Sneekes and Bob Taylor were on the scoresheet as Albion rounded off the 1995/96 season with a 3-2 win over Derby County at The Hawthorns.


Head to head

The two sides haven't met since that 3-1 in in 2010. In the 116 games before then, the Baggies have come out on top 37 times, drawing 29.

Ticket news

Sales for the third-round tie have topped 24,000.

Just under 2,500 seats remain on sale - with the promotion-chasing visitors having already sold their 5,200-seat Smethwick End allocation.

The Baggies have set ticket prices at £15 adults, £10 seniors (60+), full-time students, young adults (22 and under) and £5 juniors (under-17).



The Club would remind purchasers of tickets for the PSV Eindhoven game during pre-season, a match cancelled due to security fears, that they can claim a complimentary ticket for this tie.

Seats can be bought online (click here), in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

The game will kick off at 3pm with comprehensive coverage available across all of the Club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA
Facebook - West Bromwich Albion
Snapchat - wbafc_official
Instagram - wba

You can also listen to live commentary on Albion Player with Dave Bowler and Gez Mulholland talking you through the action.


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