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Albion v Blackburn match preview

31 August 2019

Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run to six Sky Bet Championship games with a win against Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Blackburn

Their last outing

Blackburn’s last game was on Tuesday night as they exited the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 loss at Sheffield United. 

Richard Stearman and Oliver Norwood fired the Blades into a first-half lead before Sam Gallagher’s goal with just under 20 minutes to play ensured a tense finale.

Rovers’ last league match was a 0-0 draw with Cardiff City at Ewood Park.

In their dugout

Blackburn are managed by former Baggies boss Tony Mowbray, who has been at Ewood Park since February 2017.

During his time at the Hawthorns helm Mowbray’s first season ended with a play-off defeat at Wembley, but the following campaign he guided Albion to the Championship title.

Upon the Club’s relegation the year after, Tony moved to Celtic and has since managed Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Blackburn.

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One to watch

Derrick Williams scored the winner against Hull City just after the hour mark during their last away league game. He also hit the post late on for Rovers during their 0-0 draw against Cardiff City.

After coming through the ranks at Aston Villa, Williams moved to Bristol City where he managed more than 100 appearances before joining Blackburn in August 2016.

Our last meeting

Our last Hawthorns meeting with Blackburn Rovers was a 1-1 draw. Craig Dawson had put Albion ahead, but Harrison Reed fired Rovers level with just under 20 minutes to play. 

David Raya suffered an injury late on and having used all of their substitutes the visitors had to play out the final moments with ten men, but they held on to gain a point.

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Stats

Albion

• Slaven Bilić's side are unbeaten after their first five league games (W2, D3, L0).

• No team have scored twice against the Baggies in the league this season.

 The only scorelines Albion have had during this campaign are 2-1 wins and 1-1 draws.

Blackburn

 Rovers have won on just one of their last six visits to The Hawthorns (W1, D3, L2).

• Tony Mowbray's side have scored just three goals in their opening five league games.

• Blackburn have had six goalscorers this season in all competitions, but none of their players have scored twice during this campaign.

From the archive

Here are the highlights of Albion's 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers in 2012...

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Blackburn wins

League

40

27

47

FA Cup

4

3

6

Total

44

30

53

Our man to watch

Kenneth Zohore netted from the spot for the Baggies against Reading and Derby County last week, clocking up his first two Albion goals.

A summer signing from Cardiff City, Kenneth has started four of five league games for the Throstles and will be searching for his third goal for the Club against Blackburn.

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Best of social

Slaven's men trained on home turf ahead of Saturday.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Tony Harrington, and he’ll be assisted by Mark Dwyer and Nigel Lugg - with Savvas Yianni as the fourth official.

Tony Harrington refereed the Baggies during three wins last season; the 7-1 triumph against Queens Park Rangers, the 4-0 win at Rotherham and an exciting 3-2 victory at Preston North End.

Ticket news

Tickets are 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

Under-18s

£10

Under-11s

£5

Disabled

£10

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Rovers 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 Saturday.

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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