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Albion v Bristol City match preview

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will search for a fourth consecutive Sky Bet Championship win when they take on Bristol City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 8pm).

Bristol City remains on general sale

Bristol City

Their last outing

On Saturday, Bristol City played out a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest. 

Andreas Weimann saw a deflected pass bounce back off the post with the Robins’ best chance, before Forest’s Ryan Yates saw red for a tackle on Ádám Nagy.

However, the ten-men visitors went close through Lewis Grabban, before Rodri hooked a shot over the crossbar for the hosts late on.

Bristol City: Bentley; Wright (Palmer 65), Williams, Baker; Pereira, Brownhill, Nagy, O’Dowda (Eliasson 65), Rowe; Diédhiou, Weimann (Rodri 76).

Substitutes: Mäenpää, Massengo, Smith, Semenyo.

In the dugout

Lee Johnson is the seventh-longest-serving manager in the top four tiers of English football. 

After spells with Oldham Athletic and Barnsley, Johnson arrived at Bristol City amidst a Championship relegation battle in 2016.

The Robins boss managed to steer the club to an 18th-placed finish and since then his team have steadily improved, finishing 17th, 11th and then eighth last term.

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One to watch

Bristol City’s box-to-box midfielder Josh Brownhill became the youngest captain in the Sky Bet Championship when he was handed the armband at Ashton Gate in the summer - and has arguably been the Robins' player of the season so far.

Brownhill made his debut for Preston North End in 2013 and after time on loan at Barnsley in 2016 he made his move to join Lee Johnson’s side. 

Since then the former Manchester United schoolboy has played more than 100 games for the Robins including match-winning goals against Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City in recent weeks. 

Our last meeting

The Baggies came out on top beating Bristol City 4-2 in a six-goal thriller the last time the Robins visited The Hawthorns.

The home side stormed into an early lead before the half-hour mark as Jay Rodriguez fired a double either side of a Dwight Gayle goal.

Lloyd Kelly clawed a goal back for Bristol City on the hour, but Harvey Barnes replied to restore Albion’s three-goal lead almost instantly. Famara Diedhiou netted shortly after for the visitors, but it proved to make little difference.

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• The Baggies are unbeaten on home turf this season. Preston North End are the only other team undefeated at home.

• Albion are joint-top scorers in the Championship, firing in 31 goals - the same amount as Preston North End.

• Bilić’s team have lost just one of their 17 league games this season.

Bristol City

• Lee Johnson’s team have lost just one of their away games this season (P9, W4, D4, L1).

• The Robins have drawn eight league games this season, with Middlesbrough the only other Championship team to have drawn as many.

• Albion have scored four goals in each of the last three league games Bristol City have played at The Hawthorns.

Head to head


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Our man to watch

Hal Robson-Kanu has netted four goals in six games for the Baggies. 

After firing in three goals from off the bench against Middlesbrough, Charlton and Stoke, Slaven Bilić put his trust in Robson-Kanu by starting him against Hull City and then Sheffield Wednesday.

Hal scored his fourth of the season after ten minutes against the Owls with a low finish after latching on to a Matheus Pereira pass.

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Best of social

Smiles all round after the Sheffield Wednesday win.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s fixture will be Geoff Eltringham, and he’ll be assisted by Sam Lewis and Adrian Waters - with Tim Robinson acting as the fourth official.

Eltringham has officiated one Albion game this season, overseeing the Baggies’ 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers.

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.




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All e-ticket purchases are exempt from online booking fees which will save supporters £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Robins 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 Wednesday.

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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