Match Previews

Matchday 4 | Albion v Middlesbrough preview

WBA and Middlesbrough badges next to an image of Semi Ajayi applauding supporters in the home kit

West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to earn their second successive home win on Saturday afternoon when Middlesbrough come to town (ko 3pm).

The Baggies beat Swansea City 3-2 in B71 on Saturday, August 12 before bringing a point back to the West Midlands from their clash with Leeds United at Elland Road last Friday night.

Carlos Corberán's men have won one, lost one and drawn one of their opening three matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Visitors Middlesbrough, who were beaten Play-Off semi-finalists last term, will be determined to record their first victory of the new campaign at the fourth attempt.

They picked up their first point with a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town last weekend having lost to Millwall on the opening day and then Coventry City the following Saturday. 

There was a healthy attendance at The Hawthorns against Swansea City for the first home game

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's clash with Middlesbrough.

WBA Radio duo 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 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 

Middlesbrough are one of seven Sky Bet Championship sides yet to earn a league win so far in 2023/24. 

Boro were one of the most impressive teams in the division last year, rising from the relegation zone to the play-off positions under the guidance of Michael Carrick.

They fell at the semi-final hurdle to beaten finalists Coventry City, and will be keen to swing the momentum back in their favour as soon as possible having now won just one of their last nine matches in all competitions. 

It's a Middlesbrough side which has lost 47 goals over the summer with the departures of Cameron Archer and Aaron Ramsey, who both returned to Aston Villa following the conclusion of their loans, and the Championship's top scorer last term, Chuba Akpom, who has secured an eye-catching move to European giants Ajax. 

If Carrick, a five-time Premier League winner with Manchester United in his playing days, can find a way to replace those goals, many would fancy Saturday's visitors to turn things around and mount a serious charge up the table - just as they did in 2022/23. 

Middlesbrough midfielder Matt Crooks (left) and manager Michael Carrick (right)

One to remember

The Baggies produced an impressive display to defeat high-flying Boro 2-0 at The Hawthorns last season.

Daryl Dike scored twice past his USA international team-mate Zach Steffen inside the opening ten minutes, goals which Michael Carrick's men couldn't recover from.

It was a result which ended the visitors' five-match winning streak in the second tier.

Supporters can watch the highlights below. 

The last five

Albion 2-0 Middlesbrough 

February 25 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Middlesbrough 1-1 Albion

July 30 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Middlesbrough 2-1 Albion

February 22 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough 

November 6 2021, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 0-2 Middlesbrough

December 29 2019, Sky Bet Championship

John Swift scored on his debut last season against Middlesbrough

Did you know?

Meetings between West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough are usually very tight affairs. 

In the last six head-to-heads, Albion have won two, Boro have won two and there have also been two draws.

In addition, nine of the last 11 fixtures have failed to produce more than two goals. 

Jayson Molumby in action against Boro during a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in November 2021

Ticket details

Tickets for Albion’s fixture against Middlesbrough are on general sale.

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

Please note, Baggies fans purchasing online and opting for an e-ticket 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.

Supporters who have opted to receive tickets via the official club app are politely reminded to ensure their tickets are downloaded before arriving at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

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

Fan Zone 

The West Bromwich Albion Fan Zone will be back for the second home fixture of the campaign.

The Fan Zone will be open to both West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough supporters with a valid match ticket from 11.30am on Saturday morning.

There are plenty of activities on offer to keep fans entertained before kick-off at 3pm, including a live DJ and music, inflatable games for the kids laid on by The Albion Foundation, face painting and live football on the big screen - Ross County's clash with Rangers in the Scottish cinch Premiership. 

Former defender Ray Wilson, who represented the club more than 230 times during the 60s and the 70s, will be the special guest of honour on the main stage from around 1.45pm.

Drinks and hot food are also available throughout the afternoon, with stalls and activities closing at 2.30pm.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for Baggie Bird and Boilerman too!

Supporters are reminded admission is completely free with a valid match ticket.

Travel disruption 

Following the announcement of RMT to strike on Saturday, August  26 and Saturday, September 2, supporters are encouraged to read the following information. 

What’s happening

Members of the RMT trade union have announced rail strike action on Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 2.

In addition, members of ASLEF Union have announced their intention to strike on Friday, September 1 and the impact on train services will be announced nearer to the time.  

What does this mean

  • Train services will not call at the Hawthorns or the Jewellery Quarter stops
  • It is advisable to plan ahead and find alternative ways to travel 
  • The strike action effects 14 train operating companies and journey planners are not all showing correctly. Please check with your operator closer to the time to see what services are operating at
  • Be prepared for busier roads across the region and allow more time for your journey
  • For the most up-to-date information, follow us on @transportforwm on Twitter and Facebook 

Alternative Ways to travel

If you live in the Black Country, West Midlands Metro will be operating as normal but services will be busy. Re-time your journey and use Metro Journey Planner to help plan your visit. Please avoid using the tram from 14:00, if you can.

Please visit our how to get to The Hawthorns webpage to help plan your journey