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Derby v Albion match preview

24 August 2019

Albion will be looking for a third Sky Bet Championship away win on the bounce when they head to Derby on Saturday (ko 12.30pm).

Derby

Their last outing

County were beaten 2-1 at home to Bristol City in midweek.

Goals from former Ram Andreas Weimann and midfielder Josh Brownhill saw City race in to a two-goal first-half lead at Pride Park Stadium.

And, despite pulling one back with five minutes left through Jack Marriott’s individual effort, Derby couldn’t force a share of the points and were handed their first defeat of the season to leave them with five points from four games.

In their dugout

Phillip Cocu took the reigns over the summer after former boss Frank Lampard was appointed Chelsea Head Coach.

The former PSV and Fenerbahce boss, who has finished fourth at the World Cup with the Netherlands as both a player and assistant coach, has three Eredivisie titles to his name as a manager.

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One to watch

Versatile attacking midfielder and winger Tom Lawrence is certainly a player who the Baggies will need to keep an eye on this weekend.

He’s started all four of Derby’s league games, scoring twice, and has been included in the Wales squad for next month’s international fixtures.

Lawrence netted at The Hawthorns during the 2018/19 campaign and grabbed a total of eight goals en route to their Play-Off final defeat.

Our last meeting

The Rams got the better of Albion in both fixtures last season, with the 3-1 win on the final day securing their place in the top six.

Stats

Albion

• Kenneth Zohore’s late penalty against Reading on Wednesday maintained his team’s unbeaten league start (P4, W2, D2).

• Albion have come from behind in three of their four league matches to pick up points.

• The Baggies won their last August visit to Derby, a 1-0 triumph at the beginning of the 2003/04 Division One campaign.

Derby

• County have won the last three meetings between the sides in all competitions.

• Their last victory over Albion in August was back in 1969.

• Cocu's men haven't yet won at home this season, drawing 0-0 with Swansea in their first Pride Park outing before the loss to Bristol City.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Derby wins

League

34

28

40

FA Cup

2

1

7

League Cup

1

0

4

Other Cup

0

0

1

Total

37

29

52

Our man to watch

Zohore could be a key player for Albion on Saturday after netting his first goal for the Club since signing in the summer.

The striker said he felt confident in his post-match interview, and promised Baggies fans that there is "plenty more to come". 

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Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Gavin Ward, and he’ll be assisted by Mark Pottage and Sam Lewis - with Ross Joyce as the fourth official.

Ward refereed the Baggies once last season, the goalless draw at Reading in April.

Ticket news

Tickets remain on general sale for the game and are available to purchase on Saturday at Pride Park. 

Tickets are priced £36 adults, £26 18-21, £24 seniors (65+), £20 U18 and £13 2-12. Tickets will be sold CASH ONLY from the away ticket cabin, situated at the south east corner of the stadium.

The ticket cabin will be open from 11am on Saturday morning.

Baggies Travel coaches

Kidderminster 8.45
Stourbridge & Lye 9.00
The Hawthorns 9.45

A place on a Baggies Travel coach will cost £15 and can be booked here.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with County 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 Drew Williams 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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