Match Previews

Matchday 35 | Albion v Coventry City Preview

WBA & Coventry City badges on the home match preview graphic with an image of Erik Pieters smiling at the camera in the home shirt

Albion face Sky Bet Championship play-off and West Midlands rivals Coventry City at The Hawthorns on Friday night (ko 8pm).

The Baggies return home having picked up four points from two away matches last week, beating Plymouth Arygle 3-0 at Home Park before heading up to Hull and earning a 1-1 draw on Saturday lunchtime. 

Visitors Coventry are four points adrift of the top six ahead of their trip to B71. They suffered a 3-0 defeat to Preston North End in front of their own supporters last Friday night in the league, but responded positively on Monday by beating Vanarama National League South side Maidstone United 5-0 at the CBS Arena to book an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final spot.  

Carlos Corberán's men were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture in October, with Grady Diangana and Brandon Thomas-Asante on target. 

Grady Diangana celebrates scoring against Coventry City at the CBS Arena with Jed Wallace closely behind him
Grady Diangana's close-range strike got the Baggies ball rolling at the CBS Arena in October

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of the Baggies' clash with Coventry.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from The Hawthorns, with coverage starting at 7.50pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

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

Supporters are kindly asked to direct any questions or complaints about WBA TV or WBA Radio to

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


The opponents

Despite a heavy home defeat to Preston North End last time out in the Sky Bet Championship, Friday's guests Coventry City are still very much in the play-off picture with a dozen matches remaining. 

A victory at The Hawthorns this weekend will propel the Sky Blues up to within one point of the top six ahead of Saturday's schedule of games.

Last season's beaten play-off finalists have only lost two of their last 19 games in all competitions - Preston 3-0 at home last Friday and Norwich 2-1 away at the start of February. 

They've picked up 22 points from their 17 fixtures away from the CBS Arena in the second tier this term, recording eye-catching triumphs at Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Millwall to name a few. 

Mark Robins is the longest-serving manager in the Championship and the third longest-serving in the whole of the EFL. He was appointed for the second time as the Sky Blues boss in March 2017 having also held the position between September 2012 and February 2013.

The 54-year-old has an overall record of 160 victories, 107 draws and 122 defeats from his 389 matches in charge. 

Coventry players Callum O'Hare and Milan van Ewijk celebrate a goal together by jumping in the air at the same time
The Sky Blues are hoping to claw back ground in the play-off race

One to remember

Grady Diangana's back-post finish was enough to secure all three points the last time Coventry came to town.

Supporters can watch the highlights below.

The last five

Coventry City 0-2 Albion

October 30 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 1-0 Coventry City

February 3 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Coventry City 1-0 Albion

December 21 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 0-0 Coventry City

April 23 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Coventry City 1-2 Albion

December 4 2021, Sky Bet Championship

Coventry manager Mark Robins speaking to Albion manager Carlos Corberán before a match
Carlos Corberán will come up against Mark Robins for the eighth time on Friday having lost just one of the previous seven against him

Did you know?

The Baggies have claimed double the amount of victories that Coventry City have in this particular fixture.

Albion have won 34 of the previous 68 encounters, with the Sky Blues winning 17. There have also been 17 draws. 

There have been just eight goals scored in the last seven meetings between the two teams. 

Both teams have scored in just one of those seven games, with two goalless draws also taking place. 

Alex Mowatt is challenged by a Coventry City player at the CBS Arena
The Baggies and the Sky Blues are set for battle once again

Ticket details

Tickets are on sale to season ticket holders, members and supporters with a booking history for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Coventry City.

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 Coventry

Fan Zone

The West Bromwich Albion Fan Zone will be closed before kick-off on Friday night.

West Bromwich Albion fans in the sun at Hull City
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