Match Previews

Matchday 7 | Watford v Albion Preview

Watford and WBA badges with an image of Brandon Thomas-Asante pulling the home shirt

West Bromwich Albion are back on their travels in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night, making the journey south to Vicarage Road for a clash with Valerien Ismael's Watford (ko 7.45pm). 

The Baggies drew 0-0 with Bristol City on Saturday at Ashton Gate, their second consecutive away draw, and will be hoping to go one better against a side managed by the club's former boss.

Ismael's men secured three dramatic points at home to Birmingham City at the weekend, scoring twice beyond the 90-minute mark to seal their second win of the 2023/24 campaign. 

Albion and Watford have an identical record after six matches, both winning two, losing two and drawing two. 

Albion's second away trip of the week sees them travel to Vicarage Road on Wednesday night

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's encounter with Watford.

WBA Radio duo Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from Vicarage Road, with coverage starting at 7.35pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Tuesday 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

There will be a familiar face in the home dugout down at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

Frenchman Valerien Ismael was appointed Watford's new manager in the summer following the departure of Chris Wilder, having previously held the top coaching position at The Hawthorns between June 2021 and February 2022. 

The 47-year-old, who has also worked at Wolfsburg in Germany, LASK Linz in Austria and Barnsley, has made a steady start to life with his new club, winning two, drawing three and losing two of his first seven matches in all competitions. 

He is in charge of a squad which lost two of its top talents in the summer with Ismaila Sarr, who scored home and away against the Baggies in 2022/23, and Joao Pedro both departing for Marseille and Brighton respectively. 

But it's also a group which boasts plenty of quality in key areas, such as Scotland international Ryan Porteous at the back, Morocco international midfielder Imran Louza and Dane Mileta Rajović up top, who has scored three goals in his last two appearances.

Watford's dramatic triumph over Birmingham ended a run of five matches without a victory and they'll head into the midweek clash with renewed optimism as a result. 

Watford got back to winning ways on Saturday

One to remember

Three goals in 16 minutes did the damage for the Baggies at Vicarage Road back in a Championship clash in 2007.

Efforts from Ishmael Miller, Kevin Phillips and Martin Albrechtsen were enough to bag three points on the road for the Albion boys.

Supporters can watch the highlights below.

The last five

Watford 3-2 Albion

February 20 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 1-1 Watford

August 8 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Watford 1-0 Albion

March 3 2018, Premier League


Albion 2-2 Watford

September 30 2017, Premier League


Watford 2-0 Albion

April 4 2017, Premier League

Jed Wallace scored at the home of the Hornets last season

Did you know?

Three of Watford's last five permanent managers have also held the same position at the Albion. 

Current boss Valerien Ismael was in charge at The Hawthorns between June 2021 to February 2022, while Slaven Bilic, who won promotion to the Premier League with the Baggies in 2019/20, was the Watford boss the last time Albion visited Vicarage Road in February earlier this year. 

Roy Hodgson, now back at Crystal Palace for a second spell, managed the Baggies between February 2011 and May 2012 before leaving to take up the England job. The 76-year-old was in charge at Watford between January and May of last year. 

Roy Hodgson was a popular figure at The Hawthorns

Ticket details

Tickets remain on general sale for Albion’s clash with the Hornets.

Carlos Corberán’s men have an allocation of 2,104.

Seats are priced £30 Adults, £18 Seniors (65+), £15 19-21 yrs, and £5 18 and under.

Supporters can purchase their tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach Travel is available for £22, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm.

A ticket graphic displaying information for Albion's game at Watford

Travel colours

The Albion will wear their traditional navy blue and white stripes at Vicarage Road.

Wednesday's fixture will be the Baggies' first this season where they'll don the home strip on the road.