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Matchday 38 | Albion v Bristol City Preview

WBA & Bristol City badges on the home match preview graphic with an image of Okay Yokuslu pointing at the camera while wearing a home shirt

West Bromwich Albion are back at The Hawthorns for the first time in over two weeks on Saturday afternoon, hosting mid-table Bristol City in their 38th Sky Bet Championship fixture of the season (ko 3pm).

The Baggies claimed a terrific 4-1 triumph at Huddersfield Town in their most recent encounter, with Mikey Johnston (2), Kyle Bartley and Okay Yokuslu all on target. 

Visitors Bristol City also head into the game on the back of three points. The Robins beat Swansea City 1-0 at Ashton Gate last Sunday thanks to Rob Dickie's goal inside the final 17 minutes.

The reverse fixture in the West Country back in September ended in a goalless draw. 

a general view from inside The Hawthorns from the corner between the West Stand and the Brummie Road End
Bristol City will be the 19th league visitors to The Hawthorns in 2023/24

Follow the fixture live

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

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 Friday afternoon onwards.

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

The club are unable to answer queries about WBA TV or WBA Radio sent to or

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


The opponents

Bristol City head to The Hawthorns nine points clear of the drop zone and 11 points adrift of the play-off places, sat 13th in the standings.

Only brave individuals would bet on the Robins making the top six or falling into the bottom three at this stage of the 2023/24 campaign, with Saturday's guests now targeting a top-half finish in the second tier - something which they haven't achieved since 2019/20. 

The West Country outfit ended a disappointing run of four straight defeats by beating Swansea City 1-0 at home last Sunday. 

On their travels, City have only won one of their last eight in all competitions, suffering narrow back-to-back defeats at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. 

Former MK Dons and Oxford United boss Liam Manning is the man in charge. He was appointed in November 2023 following the departure of Nigel Pearson. He's got a record of eight wins, eight draws and ten defeats from his 26 competitive matches in the dugout. 

Several Bristol City players celebrate after their team scores a goal
The Robins are targeting a top-half finish

One to remember

Albion beat Bristol City 4-2 in a six-goal thriller at The Hawthorns in the Sky Bet Championship in September 2018. 

Jay Rodriguez bagged a brace, with Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes also on target for the hosts.

The Robins' goals arrived courtesy of Lloyd Kelly and Famara Diedhiou. 

Supporters can watch the highlights below.

The last five

Bristol City 0-0 Albion

September 16 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Bristol City 3-0 Albion

January 28 2023, Emirates FA Cup


Bristol City 0-2 Albion

December 26 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 0-2 Bristol City

October 18 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Bristol City 2-2 Albion

March 19 2022, Sky Bet Championship

Matty Phillips battles for the ball with a Bristol City player at Ashton Gate while wearing the lime green away kit
Neither side found the net in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate in September

Did you know?

This weekend's clash will be Albion's first at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon since the 1-0 win over Birmingham City on February 3.

None of the Baggies' last eight have kicked off at the traditional time on the traditional football day. 

Andi Weimann celebrates scoring against Birmingham City
Andi Weimann scored the winner against Blues the last time the Albion had a 3pm kick-off at home on a Saturday

Ticket details

Tickets for the match are now SOLD OUT.

Thank you for your fantastic support!

WBA and Bristol City badges on the home ticket graphic

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone will be open from midday for both West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City supporters in possession of a match ticket on Saturday. 

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

The Sky Bet Championship clash between rivals Cardiff City and Swansea City will also be shown live on the big screen. 

Supporters are encouraged to head over before kick-off to check everything out and soak up the pre-match atmosphere!

A general view of West Bromwich Albion fans watching a game in the East Stand
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