Match Previews

Matchday 27 | Albion v Blackburn Rovers Preview

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West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers go head-to-head at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon having both recorded big home victories in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend (ko 3pm).

Albion earned a comfortable 4-1 win over Vanarama National League Aldershot Town, while Rovers defeated Sky Bet League One Cambridge United 5-2 at Ewood Park.

Carlos Corberán's men head into the clash sat inside the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions, with Blackburn hoping to end a run of five league matches without a win (D1, L4).

The Lancashire outfit won the reverse fixture 2-1 on the opening day of the season thanks to first-half efforts from Dilan Markanday and Harry Leonard. Matty Phillips was on target for the Albion.

Albion's clash with Blackburn is their first league game at The Hawthorns in 2024

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of the Baggies' battle with Blackburn.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from The Hawthorns, with coverage starting at 2.50pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Thursday afternoon onwards.

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Regular updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the day.


The opponents

Blackburn Rovers bagged a welcome win last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup having earned maximum points in just one of their last eight Sky Bet Championship matches (D1, L6). 

As a result, Saturday's visitors have slipped down from being within a couple of points off the play-off positions to 17th in the standings. 

Rovers have lost their last four away fixtures in the second tier, conceding 13 goals in the process and at least three in each of those matches against Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Huddersfield Town and Hull City.

Boss Jon Dahl Tomasson, a former forward who played at two FIFA World Cups for Denmark in 2002 and 2010, will be challenging his squad to turn their fortunes around in a bid to fire themselves back up into the top half of the table and into top-six contention. 

Blackburn do boast the Championship's top scorer so far this season in Sammie Szmodics, though. The 28-year-old has netted 19 in all competitions this term, 16 of which have come in the second tier. He's bagged five goals in his last three games, including a hat-trick against Cambridge United in the FA Cup, and will be the man to keep quiet from a Baggies point of view. 

Rovers will want to halt a five-game winless run in the league on Saturday

One to remember

Albion won an exciting Sky Bet Championship encounter against Blackburn Rovers in August 2019 - with all five goals in the Baggies' 3-2 victory coming before the half-time whistle.

Rovers opened the scoring through Bradley Dack inside the first 60 seconds, but impressive finishes from Matty Phillips, Jake Livermore and then Grady Diangana put the hosts in a strong position. 

Bradley Johnson pulled one back in first-half added time, but that effort proved to the final goal of the day as Albion claimed three points in front of their own supporters.

The highlights are available below.

The last five

Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Albion

August 5 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

February 15 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Albion

August 14 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

February 14 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Albion

August 21 2021, Sky Bet Championship

Blackburn got the better of the Baggies back on the opening day of 2023/24

Did you know?

There has been a 2-1 or 1-2 scoreline when West Bromwich Albion have faced Blackburn Rovers in five of the last six seasons.

Rovers won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in August, with Albion last claiming a 2-1 win in this fixture in August 2021 at Ewood Park. 

The Baggies have the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run at home against the Lancashire outfit to six matches on Saturday. 

Albion have won two and drawn three of their last five encounters with Blackburn in B71. The visitors last tasted victory at the Shrine in December 2010, winning 3-1 in a Premier League match. 

Jayson Molumby scored for Albion against Rovers at The Hawthorns last term

Ticket details

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackburn.

Seats are priced £28 adults, £23 seniors, £17 for supporters aged 20-25, £12 for supporters aged 17-19 and just £5 under-17s.

An adult disabled supporter ticket is priced £18 and includes free access for a personal assistant.

Tickets can be purchased online, in-person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

When buying online, supporters will need to be logged into their My Albion account linked to their ticketing ID. Click here for instructions.

Please note, Baggies fans purchasing online and opting to use the 'WBA Tickets On The Go' app will not pay any additional fees, while supporters who opt to purchase match tickets in-person or choose to collect from the club’s ticket office will be charged a £1.75 transaction fee.

A ticket graphic displaying information for Albion's game against Blackburn

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone will be open from midday on Saturday to supporters of both West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers in possession of a valid match ticket.

A wide variety of entertainment will be on offer, including live music, inflatable games for the kids to enjoy, a host of food and drink options, several spot prizes to be won and Baggie Bird and Boilerman on hand for those all-important selfies.

Club legend Ally Robertson will also be making a special appearance for a Q&A around 1.45pm, so be sure to head over before kick-off to check everything out and soak up the pre-match atmosphere!