Match Previews

Match Preview: Bristol City v Albion

Matty Phillips and Daryl Dike shirts

It's Bristol City away for the Baggies on Boxing Day this year (ko 3pm).

Carlos Corberán's side head down to the West Country hoping to get back to winning ways following Wednesday night's narrow 1-0 defeat against Coventry City.

The Robins, managed by former Albion caretaker boss Nigel Pearson, are two points and two places behind the Baggies in the table.

Monday's hosts have won one and lost one since returning to action following the World Cup break, slipping to a 2-1 setback at home to Stoke in their most recent fixture.

Albion will travel to Ashton Gate on Boxing day for some festive football

Follow the game live

Albion fans inside and outside the United Kingdom (selected countries) can watch Albion's clash with the Robins live on WBA TV. A video match pass is available to purchase for £10 here.

Supporters can also listen to live audio commentary on WBA Radio.

Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson will bring you every kick from Ashton Gate. Audio passes can be purchased for £2.50 here.

Live updates will be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the afternoon.

WBA TV Matchday

Our opponents

Bristol City will be hoping to recapture their early season form as they head into the festive period and 2023.

The Robins lost just two of their first ten matches in all competitions, winning six of those and drawing the other two.

Recently, however, Monday's hosts have found victories hard to come by and have tasted success in just one of their last eight fixtures in league and cup.

Nigel Pearson's side were beaten 2-1 at home by Stoke City in their most recent game, their sixth straight outing at Ashton Gate where they've failed to win. 

The former Albion caretaker boss will be demanding improvement from his group, who defeated the Baggies 2-0 at The Hawthorns back in mid-October thanks to efforts from Joe Williams and Nahki Wells. 

A triumph on Boxing Day would be a big boost for Bristol City, with the Robins sat three points above the drop zone in 18th heading into the encounter.

Bristol City will want momentum to swing back in their favour

From the Albion Archive

Albion sensationally beat Bristol City 3-0 at Ashton Gate in February 2020 on their way to securing promotion to the Premier League.

Callum Robinson nodded in the opener before Hal Robson-Kanu bagged a brace, scoring either side of half time.

One for the stattos

Albion have scored in all of their last seven trips to Ashton Gate, notching at least twice there in the three most recent visits. 

The last time the Baggies failed to find the back of the net in the red half of Bristol was back in April 1995 when they lost 1-0 to the Robins in a Division One clash.

Former forward Jay Rodriguez was on target at Bristol City in April 2019

Colours for the road

The Baggies will don their green and yellow away kit at Bristol City on Boxing Day.

Albion last wore those colours in the 2-1 win up at Sunderland earlier in December. 

Albion celebrate at Sunderland while wearing the club's away colours

Ticket details

Tickets have sold out for the Boxing Day trip to Ashton Gate.

The Baggies will be backed by 2,503 supporters when they face the Robins. 

Any supporters collecting tickets from the Ticket Office for Albion's clash with Bristol City need to do so by midday on Saturday, December 24.

Any uncollected tickets will be sent to Ashton Gate to pick up.

Baggies fans who have not received their tickets in the post should notify the Ticket Office by Friday, December 23 so re-prints can be arranged.

Additional information

Supporters should be aware that there is now a Clean Air Zone live in Bristol.

Although Ashton Gate itself sits just outside the zone, some roads near the stadium are within it, so fans are encouraged to carefully plan their journey and complete the vehicle compliance checker by clicking here.