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Huddersfield v Albion match preview

3 November 2017

ALBION travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday (ko 3pm) looking to get their Premier League season back on track.

The fixture at the John Smith's Stadium will be the first between the sides in the Premier League - and the first in any competition since 2010. 

The opposition 

Huddersfield won promotion to the Premier League last season by winning the Championship play off final against Reading on penalties. The Terriers have since made a steady start to their campaign, having picked up 12 points from their first 10 games.

Manager David Wagner joined the club in November 2015 after leaving his role as Borussia Dortmund II manager earlier in the month.

After a lower mid-table finish in his first season, Wagner then guided Huddersfield to the top flight for the first time since the 1970s. He brought in the likes of Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre over the summer to strengthen his squad.

Last time out 

The last game between the sides was a 2-0 win for the Baggies in the third round of the FA Cup back in January 2010 thanks to goals from Graham Dorrans and Chris Wood.

The most recent meeting in the league was a Division One match in 2001 that saw the teams draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

Dozza celebrates his opener at Huddersfield in 2010



  • Albion are unbeaten in their last three games against Huddersfield.
  • If Gareth McAuley starts at the John Smith’s Stadium then it will be the 500th start of his club career.
  • The only survivor from the team that last played against Huddersfield is Chris Brunt, who played 88 minutes in the FA Cup win.


  • Wagner’s side have won one of their last five games - though that victory was against Manchester United a fortnight ago.
  • Huddersfield are yet to score a goal from outside the box in the Premier League.
  • The Terriers have made the most amount of tackles in the division so far this season (210).

The gaffers

David Wagner on the game

“We are aware that West Brom are missing some key players but it is up to us to do our job.

“It is irrelevant who we collect points against - we just have to collect points consistently.

“Of course we have a bigger chance than Liverpool away but we still need to be at our best.”

Tony Pulis on Huddersfield

“It’s an unbelievable atmosphere. They are really backed by the supporters.

“I don’t know David that well but looking at what he has done he’s done really well.

“He’s done a fantastic job to get them promoted and the start that he’s had in the Premier League has been good."

From the archive

Jordao and Lee Hughes gave the Baggies a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield 17 years ago.

Head to head

There is almost nothing to choose between the teams in terms of the head-to-head record, with Albion having 25 wins, Huddersfield having 27 wins and the other 17 matches ending in draws.

Man in the middle 

Saturday’s referee will be Roger East, who has been in charge of four Premier League games so far this season. 

He will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Lee Mason as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Albion have sold out their allocation at the John Smith's Stadium and will be backed by a bumper following of 2,340.

Thank you for your fantastic support!

Travelling fans can find out everything they need to know about their trip in Huddersfield's Visiting Supporters' Guide.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Huddersfield is available in our new Match Centre, where you can listen to free 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. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels. 

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