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Hull v Albion match preview

8 November 2019

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will search for their sixth away win of the season against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Hull City

Their last outing

In their most recent game, Hull beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Josh Bowler fired in their opening goal in the first ten minutes, with Jarrod Bowen adding the second just before the hour mark.

Tom Eaves completed the scoring with six minutes of normal time left to play.

Hull: Long; Lichaj, de Wijs, Burke, Elder; Toral (Stewart 63), Grosicki, Bowler (Eaves 54), Irvine (Honeyman 88), Da Silva Lopes; Bowen.

Substitutes: Ingram, Tafazolli, Pennington, Batty.

In the dugout

During Grant McCann's playing career he played for West Ham, Cheltenham Town, Barnsley, Scunthorpe United, Peterborough United and Linfield, as well as making 39 appearances for Northern Ireland.

After a short time at Linfield, McCann decided to move into coaching at Peterborough in 2015, taking on the manager's job in 2016. Grant spent two seasons at London Road, departing in February 2018 and taking on the Doncaster job in June 2018.

In his one season at Doncaster, McCann took Donny to the Play-Off Final but lost out to Charlton who gained promotion. 

One to watch

Jarrod Bowen has netted nine Sky Bet Championship goals so far this season, including five goals in the Tigers’ last four games.

The 22-year-old fired in 22 goals in 46 second-tier games during the last campaign.

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Our last meeting

Albion most recently faced the Tigers at The Hawthorns in April. Kieran Gibbs opened the scoring just before the break, but Todd Kane netted a quick-fire double to hand Hull the advantage before the hour mark.

The Baggies replied soon after, with Dwight Gayle firing in an equaliser - and then with five minutes left to play, Gayle scored a late winner to give the home side all three points.

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Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have lost just one of their 15 league games this season. 
  • Albion are joint-top scorers in the Championship, firing in 28 goals in their opening 15 games. Preston North End have hit the back of the net the same amount of times.
  •  Bilić’s Baggies have scored in the last ten minutes in nine of their last 12 games.

Hull

  • Hull are yet to win two consecutive home games this season - they won their last fixture at the KCOM Stadium.
  • Grant McCann’s team have won their last three games, beating Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Fulham.
  • The Tigers managed just one win from their first seven league games.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Hull wins

League

19

16

17

League Cup

1

0

0

FA Cup

1

0

2

Total

21

16

19

Our man to watch

Hal Robson-Kanu has scored three goals in four games from the bench for the Baggies.

The forward netted a tap-in against Middlesbrough, a stunning curling effort against Charlton and a penalty against Stoke to help keep Albion at the top of the Championship table.

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Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s fixture will be James Linington, and he’ll be assisted by Robert Merchant and Steven Meredith - with Andy Haines acting as the fourth official.

Linington is yet to officiate Albion this term, but refereed wins on the road at Swansea City and Aston Villa for the Baggies last term, and a 2-0 loss at Millwall.

Ticket news

Tickets remain on general sale and can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

The Baggies have been handed an allocation of 2,813 for the Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Prices:

Adults

£30

Seniors (65+)

£18

Under-23s

£18

Please note under-2s are not permitted in the stadium and under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Supporters can avoid booking fees and queue times by printing their e-tickets at home or saving them to their mobile phone.

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 Hull 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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