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Preston North End v Albion match preview

29 September 2018

ALBION take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday as they look to make it five games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Preston currently sit bottom of the league on five points having won one, drawn two and lost six of their nine league games so far this season.

The Lilywhites’ last outing was a penalty shootout defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

Alex Neil’s side finished just outside the Championship play-offs in seventh last season, missing out on the top six by a couple of points.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the two teams was in March 2010 as Albion beat Preston 3-2 at The Hawthorns thanks to goals from Ben Watson, Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans.

Earlier that season the sides had played out a 0-0 draw at Deepdale.

Former Baggie Roman Bednar appeals for a penalty during our last trip up to Preston.

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are the highest scoring team in the Championship so far this campaign, scoring 22 goals from the opening nine matches.
  • The Baggies have won three and drawn one of their last four league games.
  • Dwight Gayle has played a crucial part in that run, scoring four goals in the unbeaten streak.

Preston North End

  • Preston’s only league win this season came on the opening day against QPR, meaning they’re now eight games without a Championship victory.
  • North End haven’t lost at home to Albion in the league since January 1959, though the Baggies did win an FA Cup tie at Deepdale in January 2005.
  • Despite their position in the table, Preston have been defeated in only one of their four home Championship matches (P4, W1, D2, L1).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the most recent meeting between the sides…

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 110 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 45 times, Preston have been victorious on 39 occasions and there have been 26 draws.

Man in the middle

The referee for Tuesday’s game is Tony Harrington, and he’ll be assisted by Timothy Wood and John Flynn - with Mark Heywood as the fourth official.

Harrington has been in the middle for one Albion game so far this season - the 7-1 win over QPR back in August.

Ticket news

Albion fans can join a 3,200-strong contingent at Preston North End on Saturday by purchasing tickets at Deepdale on matchday (ko 3pm).

Tickets will remain on sale at The Hawthorns Ticket Office until 1pm on Friday before returning north for sale at the ground.  

The remaining 600 tickets will be available to purchase from 1pm on Saturday at the away ticket office which is located in the Bill Shankly Kop where Albion fans will be seated. 

Seats are priced £24 adults, £16 seniors (65+), £15 students/22-24 years/19-21 years, £8 juniors (11-18) and just £2 U11s.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 9.30am, Stourbridge & Lye at 9.45am and The Hawthorns at 10.30am, is available for £18.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Preston 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 Saturday afternoon.

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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