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Albion v Preston North End Match Preview

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Albion will hope to build on Saturday’s 3-0 success over Peterborough United by recording another home win against Preston North End on Wednesday night (ko 8pm).

The Baggies brushed Posh aside to seal a first Sky Bet Championship victory in 2022 and Valérien Ismaël’s men will be targeting three more points at The Hawthorns when Ryan Lowe’s side head to town.

Preston, sitting comfortably in mid-table on 33 points, were narrowly edged out 1-0 at Swansea City over the weekend and are winless in four games across all competitions. 

How to follow

Albion fans can watch tonight’s clash with North End live on WBA TV Matchday with a Match Pass for £10.

Available to all supporters in the UK and overseas, a match pass includes live coverage of the game with Baggies-biased commentary from John Dunn and former midfielder Andy Johnson. The stream will be live from 7.45pm and can be accessed here

You’ll need a My Albion account to purchase your Match Pass and watch the stream. If you haven’t yet created an account, click here for instructions

Supporters who have purchased an overseas video subscription for the season or month will have this match included in their package. Seasonal audio commentary subscribers will need to purchase a Match Pass to watch, or can still access their commentary-only coverage.

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Preston North End head for The Hawthorns hoping to halt a run of four games without victory in all competitions.

Ryan Lowe's side are sat safely in mid-table of the Sky Bet Championship, almost slap bang in the middle of the edge of the play-off spots and just above the danger zone.

The Lilywhites will be confident they can put a run together in the second half of the campaign to propel them towards a top-12 finish. Preston boast victories away from home at Stoke City, Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth already this season, and Lowe's men will be targeting more eye-catching results in the coming months.

The 43-year-old former Bury, Crewe and Sheffield Wednesday forward among other clubs, was appointed boss in early December having resigned from his role at League One Plymouth Argyle. 

Since taking over at Deepdale, Lowe has won two, drawn two and lost just one of his five league games in charge. 

Preston boss Ryan Lowe

Classic clash

Albion came out on top in a five-goal thriller with Preston in March 2010.

The Baggies raced into an early two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Ben Watson and Chris Brunt, but Sean St Ledger pulled one back for the visitors.

Graham Dorrans made it 3-1 shortly after the half-hour mark before Neil Mellor made it 3-2 close to half time.

There were no further goals in the second 45 and Albion held on to claim three Championship points.

Did you know?

Albion have won ten consecutive home matches against Preston North End, scoring 27 goals in the process.

The last time the Baggies failed to beat Wednesday's visitors at The Hawthorns was in a League Cup tie in January 1981, with the game ending 0-0. 

Jake Livermore scored in Albion's 2-0 win over North End in February 2020

Read all about it

Callum Robinson headlines this Wednesday's edition of Albion News. 

The forward's in-depth interview takes centre stages ahead of his former side, Preston North End's visit to The Hawthorns. 

It's not one to miss! Secure your copy here. Alternatively, copies will be available to purchase from several stalls in and around the ground on the night.

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LV BET's latest odds

Albion come in as the firm favourites at 5/8 (1.62) to beat Preston North End at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies are undefeated in their last seven fixtures against the Lilywhites and have only conceded a single goal in their last three meetings. We’ve got the home side at 7/5 (2.40) to win the game without letting in a goal and at 17/10 (2.70) to score over 2.0 goals.

Karlan Grant scored his tenth of the campaign against Peterborough and is priced at 3/2 (2.50) to get himself on the scoresheet again on Wednesday. 

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Additional information

Supporters attending Albion's fixture with Preston at The Hawthorns will be required to present an NHS COVID pass on entering the stadium. 

The requirement to present an NHS COVID pass will end on Thursday, January 27, the UK Government has confirmed.  

The Government introduced legislation in December which requires everyone aged 18 and over - at sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 people - to provide proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test when entering stadia. Tests must have been undertaken no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off. 

The card you received when you were jabbed will not be accepted as proof of double vaccination.

The legislation means all adults attending the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Preston North End on Wednesday, January 26 (ko 8pm) will be required to present an NHS COVID pass on entry. Passes will no longer be mandatory following these fixtures. 

Fans are advised to download the NHS mobile app, if they have not already done so, to familiarise themselves with the relevant processes. For more information on the NHS app, click here

In addition, supporters aged 11 and over will be required to wear face coverings while in an indoor setting at The Hawthorns. The Government introduced new rules recently which require with fans to wear masks while inside concourses and indoor hospitality areas.

Supporters are encouraged to visit to keep up to date with the requirements to attend The Hawthorns. 

Click here for frequently asked question and further details.


Please note the M5 junction 1 island on the A41 will have lane closures owing to carriageway repairs from 11pm on Wednesday night.

The M6 will also be closed from junctions 10 to 11 from 11pm.

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