Black Country derby | Facts & figures

Kyle Bartley and Okay Yokuslu try and win the ball against a Wolves player

Albion and Wolves go head-to-head in the first Black Country derby since May 2021 on Sunday lunchtime.

The Emirates FA Cup fourth-round clash will be the first between the two teams with supporters in attendance in just under 12 years.

We’ve put together some of the key facts and figures ahead of the eagerly-anticipated tie at The Hawthorns.

Brandon Thomas-Asante pulling on the WBA badge in the home shirt


Sunday's clash at The Hawthorns will be the first Black Country derby since May 2021 when the two teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at The Hawthorns. Fabio Silva opened the scoring, but Mbaye Diagne's header earned the Albion an equaliser in the pouring rain.

The Baggies head into the fourth-round tie unbeaten in four matches against Wolves, winning three, drawing one and scoring 11 goals in the process. The last Wolves win in this fixture came at Molineux in May 2011 when Steven Fletcher's brace and Adlene Guedioura's effort secured a 3-1 Premier League triumph.

In addition, Albion are unbeaten in 11 fixtures in all competitions on home soil against their local rivals, dating back to September 1996. The men in navy-blue-and-white stripes have won six of those 11 games, drawing the other five. 

Peter Odemwingie celebrates scoring against Wolves at The Hawthorns in 2011
Former striker Peter Odemwingie's goal helped Albion to a 2-0 home win over Wolves in 2011

There are usually goals when Albion and Wolves meet, with both teams scoring in five of the last six. A total of 21 goals have been scored in the last six fixtures. 

Only three of the last 14 matches between the two clubs have ended level, with all three coming at The Hawthorns in the last four encounters in B71.

It will be 17 years to the day on Sunday since the last Black Country derby in the FA Cup. On January 28 2007, the Baggies claimed a 3-0 round-four victory at Molineux thanks to strikes from Diomansy Kamara, Kevin Phillips and Zoltan Gera. 

This weekend's clash will be the 12th FA Cup fixture between the two sides. Albion have recorded eight wins, while Wolves have won once. The other two have been draws. The first two meetings between Albion and Wolves were in the FA Cup, way back in 1886 and 1887 respectively.

Albion players celebrate one of their three goals at Molineux in the FA Cup in 2007
Albion enjoyed a fine FA Cup afternoon at Molineux in 2007

The West Midlands rivals have met 162 times in all competitions, with Albion boasting the better head-to-head record. The Baggies have 65 victories to their name, while Wolves have 53. There have also been 44 draws. 

Both managers Carlos Corberán and Gary O'Neil will be taking charge of their first Black Country derby for their respective teams. Sunday's tie will be the first occasion that Corberán has faced a Premier League team as Baggies boss. 

Wolves will be targeting just a second win in 11 against the Albion, having lost six of the last ten (W1, D3).

Sunday's match will be the first since 1949 that the sides have met with Wolves sat in a higher division than the Baggies. Wanderers, who finished sixth in the First Division at the end of the 1948/49 campaign, won that particular tie 1-0 against an Albion outfit which secured promotion to the top tier after finishing second in the Second Division.

Carlos Corberán directing his players during a training session
Carlos Corberán is preparing for his first experience of the Black Country derby


The Baggies cruised to a 4-1 victory at home to Vanarama National League outfit Aldershot Town in round three. Nathaniel Chalobah, Jovan Malcolm, Daryl Dike and Tom Fellows all found the net that afternoon.

Albion have won five FA Cups in their history, but haven't lifted the trophy since defeating Everton 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in 1968. The club have reached ten FA Cup finals in total.

The Baggies have reached the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup in six of the last nine terms, bowing out at this stage last season following a 3-0 defeat at Bristol City.

The last time Albion knocked out a Premier League side in the FA Cup was at the fourth-round stage in 2019/20 when Slaven Bilic's men earned a 1-0 success at West Ham United. Conor Townsend scored the only goal of the game at the London Stadium.

Conor Townsend celebrates scoring a goal in the FA Cup at West Ham in 2020
Conor Townsend's brilliant strike was enough to beat West Ham in January 2020

Carlos Corberán's side have their sights set on a fifth straight win at The Hawthorns on Sunday. Albion have beaten Norwich City and Leeds United 1-0, while Aldershot Town and Blackburn Rovers both suffered 4-1 defeats at the Shrine. The Baggies are unbeaten in five in front of their own supporters, losing just 1 of their last 12 on home soil. 

Albion have drawn just one of their last 17 games in all competitions, winning 10 and losing six. 

Striker Brandon Thomas-Asante has scored in three of the club's last four home fixtures he has featured in. The 25-year-old notched against Stoke City and Norwich City, before bagging a brace in the recent 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers. 

Brandon Thomas-Asante celebrates a goal against Blackburn with Cedric Kipre
Thomas-Asante will be after a derby goal on Sunday


Sunday's visitors booked their ticket to The Hawthorns thanks to a win over Brentford in extra-time of their third-round replay on January 16. Wolves won 3-2 at Molineux, with Nelson Semedo, Nathan Fraser and Matheus Cunha all on target. The initial tie ended 1-1 in London on a night where Tommy Doyle's equaliser rescued a replay for ten-man Wolves following Joao Gomes' red. 

Wanderers are four-time winners of the FA Cup, lifting the trophy in 1892/93, 1907/08, 1948/49 and most recently in 1959/60.

Wolves have only reached round four of the world's most famous club cup competition in four of the last 12 seasons, but did make it all the way to semi-final in 2018/19. 

Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha scored the winner in the third-round replay against Brentford
Brazilian Matheus Cunha scored the winner in the third-round replay against Brentford

Gary O'Neil's men are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, winning three and drawing three in 90 minutes of action. They've taken ten points from the last 12 on offer in the Premier League thanks to wins over Chelsea, Brentford and Everton, while also picking up a draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.

O'Neil, now 40, played 14 times against the Baggies as a player. He was part of the winning team on five occasions and the losing team on seven occasions, also playing in two draws. He scored one goal against Albion, an effort which came in a 3-1 Premier League victory for West Ham at Upton Park in March 2013.

That stalemate at the Amex Stadium leaves Wolves 11th in the top flight heading into Sunday's derby with Albion, 13 points clear of the danger zone and six points adrift of West Ham United in sixth. 

Gary O'Neil applauding Wolves fans
Wolves boss Gary O'Neil is hoping to steer his side into round five of the FA Cup