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PREVIEW: WEST BROMWICH ALBION V ALBION

11 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, as they come up against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in three games after drawing twice in the league and beating Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup on Monday evening.

The last three meetings between the teams have all been won 3-1 by the home side, with the last game at the Hawthorns coming back in 1993.

Chris Hughton’s team head into the match sitting 12th in the Premier League table, while the Baggies occupy 19th position, seven points behind the Seagulls.


TEAM NEWS:

Izzy Brown has returned to Chelsea after tearing his anterior cruciate knee ligament against Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

Hughton revealed Steve Sidwell has also picked up an ankle injury, to add to his back concern after having surgery at the beginning of the season.

Otherwise, the Albion boss has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of Saturday's trip to the Hawthorns.

For the Baggies, Matt Phillips (hamstring) and Craig Dawson (fatigue) are both doubts for the game, after missing the club's FA Cup game against Exeter City last weekend

Midfielders Nacer Chadli (hip) and James Morrison (Achilles) are unlikely to feature for the West Midlands club, as they continue their recoveries from injury.

REVERSE FIXTURE:

Albion claimed their first-ever Premier League goal and victory against the Baggies when they visited the Amex in September.

Pascal Gross found the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time to send Albion's supporters into raptures, before the German added another three minutes into the second half to make it 2-0.

Tomer Hemed then scored his first Premier League goal shortly after the hour mark, and despite James Morrison pulling a goal back for West Brom, the Seagulls secured all three points on the south coast.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls have lost just once in their previous six games - 2-0 to Chelsea on Boxing Day - and head to the Hawthorns boosted by their late victory against Crystal Palace at the Amex.

In the Premier League, Hughton’s men have drawn back-to-back league games, as they shared a 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, following a goalless encounter against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Albion ended a seven-game run without a victory against Watford, with Pascal Gross scoring the all-important goal to add three points to their 0-0 draw against Burnley that came beforehand.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Alan Pardew’s team are without a Premier League victory in 20 matches, but thanks to goals from Salomon Rondon and James Rodriguez, they avoided a cup upset against Exeter City last time out.

A stoppage-time goal denied the Baggies a point against West Ham United at the London Stadium, but the West Midlands club held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on New Year’s Eve.

Points were also collected from goalless draws against Liverpool and Everton in December, but Stoke City, Manchester United and Swansea City all claimed three points against Pardew's men.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 2
Stephens 25
Murray 87

CRYSTAL PALACE 1
Sako 69

Albion line-up: Krul; Schelotto, Goldson, Huenemeier, Bong; March, Stephens (Propper 61), Kayal, Izquierdo; Brown(Baldock 6); Hemed (Murray 81).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Dunk, Rosenior, Skalak.


LAST TIME OUT: WEST BROMWICH ALBION



EXETER CITY 0

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
Rondon 2
Rodriguez 25

West Bromwich Albion line-up: Foster; Nyom, McAuley, Hegazi, Gibbs (Robson-Kanu 12); Brunt, Krychowiak (Livermore 84), Barry, McClean; Rodriguez (Field 69), Rondon.

Subs not used: Myhill (GK), Yacob, Leko, Burke.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Jay Rodriguez

The forward has played in 21 of the club’s 22 Premier League games so far this season, following his summer switch from Southampton for £12 million.

Rodriguez scored his first goal of the season in West Brom’s 1-1 draw against Stoke at the Hawthorns, before hitting the back of the net when Manchester City visited towards the end of October.

The forward converted from the penalty spot in the closing stages of Arsenal’s visit to the Hawthorns, showing his nerve from 12 yards to snatch a point for the Baggies.

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Match Reports

REPORT: WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 ALBION 0

13 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action against West Bromwich Albion.
  • Jonny Evans heads Baggies into an early lead
  • Craig Dawson doubles the advantage
  • Sam Baldock makes Premier League debut
  • Albion rally in the second half but hosts claim victory

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns and slip to 15th in the Premier League table.

Headed goals in either half from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson were enough to give the hosts their first win for 20 league matches on a disappointing afternoon for the Seagulls.

Chris Hughton made eight changes to the side that defeated Crystal Palace in The Emirates FA Cup on Monday evening. 

Gaetan Bong, Dale Stephens and Jose Izquierdo all retained their places in the starting eleven, but the boss rang the changes across the rest of the side as the Seagulls returned to Premier League action.

The first chance of the contest went to the visitors as Izquierdo was found by Pascal Gross on the left-hand side of the penalty area - but he curled a shot wide of Ben Foster’s left-hand post. 

West Brom took the lead just three minutes into the contest. Matt Phillips delivered a corner from the right-hand side, and as the set-piece was flicked on by Jay Rodriguez at the near post, Evans headed home unmarked. 

Phillips delivered another set-piece soon after that Dawson headed wide as the home side continued in the ascendency. 

Anthony Knockaert’s first involvement of the afternoon was to cross to the back post looking for Glenn Murray, but the striker was beaten to the ball by Foster who claimed well.

A neat exchange between Stephens and Murray ended in Davy Propper’s shot deflecting up into the air, while Izquierdo was then crowded out and penalised after working himself some space in the penalty area.

Murray volleyed over from an Albion break as Hughton’s men looked to have established a foothold in the contest, while Lewis Dunk’s effort was also blocked by Dawson following a Knockaert free-kick.

Propper then whipped in an inviting ball which just missed the outstretched leg of Murray as he made a diagonal run across the box, while Maty Ryan was off his line sharply to deny Dawson at the other end, as the game opened up. 

A neat combination between Murray and Gross then saw the latter fire over before referee Martin Atkinson brought the half to a close. 

Solly March replaced Izquierdo at the interval, and the first opportunity of the second period came seven minutes in when Bruno let fly from distance to force Foster into a save.

But it was the hosts who doubled their advantage from another set-piece as Dawson met a corner from the left and headed down into the ground before the ball looped up into the roof of the net.

March and Gross then saw crosses cleared in quick succession, before Sam Baldock came on in place of the latter with 25 minutes remaining as the Seagulls made their second switch.

Baldock was involved immediately as he got in behind the home defence and found Murray; the forward then squared for Knockaert but the midfielder blazed over the bar from inside the area.

March weaved his way inside and saw another ball into the area hacked clear before Shane Duffy's header back across goal couldn't find a visiting player.

Propper made way for Beram Kayal in Albion's final change but the hosts saw out the closing stages of the contest to claim victory.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno ©, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;  Knockaert, Stephens, Propper (Kayal 76), Izquierdo (March 45), Gross (Baldock 65), Murray.

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Hemed.

West Brom line-up: Foster, Gibbs, Evans © (McAuley 83), Dawson (Nyom 81), Hegazi, Brunt, Barry, Krychowiak, Phillips, Rodriguez (Livermore 79), Rondon. 

Subs not used: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, McClean.

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Ticket News

WEST BROMWICH ALBION TICKETS ON SALE NOW

12 December 2017

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The Hawthorns

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday 13th January, are on sale now.

Albion have received an initial allocation of 2,300 tickets for the game, which kicks off at 3pm.

Beneath are the on-sale dates, pricing and information on how many points are required:

On-sale Dates Points Required
Tuesday 12th December STHs with 295+ Season Ticket Holder Points
Wednesday 13th December STHs with 263+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Thursday 14th December STHs with 240+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 15th December STHs with 219+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Monday 18th December STHs with 199+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Tuesday 19th December All remaining Season Ticket Holders*
Thursday 21st December Bronze/YS+ Members with 16+ Member Points*
Friday 22nd December All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members*

*subject to availability

Category Price
Adult (23-59) £25
Senior (60+) £20
Ages 17-22/Full-Time Student (with valid ID) £15
Junior (Under 17) £10   

Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am online and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901*.

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.

Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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