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Middlesbrough v Albion match preview

23 August 2018

ALBION travel to Middlesbrough on Friday night as Darren Moore’s men look to make it five unbeaten in all competitions (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Middlesbrough have made a strong start to the new Sky Bet Championship season, drawing their opening game before winning three league fixtures in a row.

They were defeated over two legs in their play-off semi-final against Aston Villa last year after finishing fifth in the table.

The Boro had a busy summer, bringing in the likes of Aden Flint from Bristol City and Paddy McNair from Sunderland - but also losing Fabio to Nantes, Patrick Bamford to Leeds, Ben Gibson to Burnley and Adama Traore to Wolves.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the teams was in January 2017 when a 1-1 draw was played out in the North East. 

James Morrison put the Baggies ahead before Alvaro Negrado earned Boro a point from the penalty spot.

'Mozza' celebrates netting on Teeside

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Middlesbrough (W4, D4).
  • Albion beat Middlesbrough 5-0 on their most recent Championship visit to the Riverside.
  • Jay Rodriguez has netted four goals in his last two games for Darren Moore’s side.

Middlesbrough

  • Middlesbrough and Albion have met just twice in August (1921 and 2016) - with both ending in goalless draws!
  • The Riverside club have kept three clean sheets from their four league matches so far this season.
  • Alongside six Baggies players, Boro defender Aden Flint was in last weekend's Football League Paper Championship team of the week after their win at Bristol City.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion’s last win at Middlesbrough...

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Middlesbrough just about come out on top.

Of the 93 matches that have been played, Albion have won 33 times, there have been 23 draws and Middlesbrough have been victorious on 37 occasions.

Ticket news

Tickets for the clash are on general sale to Albion supporters.

Seats are priced at £30 adults, £20 seniors (65+) and £17 U18s.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 222.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 1pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 1.15pm and The Hawthorns at 2pm, is available for £23.

Kit news

The Baggies will be donning the black and blue away kit for the trip to the Riverside.

It’s only had one outing so far - the thrilling 4-3 victory at Norwich a couple of weeks ago.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Middlesbrough 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 Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday night.

Albion fans based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland may be able to watch our game against Middlesbrough on Friday for just £5.

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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