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Posted Friday, October 22nd 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion (A)

The Robins are on the road to tackle West Brom at The Hawthorns this Saturday (October 23rd, 3pm).

🧳 Our opponents

Three months into the season and City's away form has certainly been a highlight. The players have won four of their last five games on their travels, battling the elements in a thrilling 3-2 win at Peterborough prior to the October international break.

It's the sort of form which, alongside a run of draws and defeats at home, had helped City to the midtable area before the cruellest of defeats against Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night saw them slide to 16th.

Nigel Pearson continues to look for a way to improve City's home form but there seems to be something about an away day. It will be a sold-out away end on Saturday so expect plenty of noise and the squad will need to draw on this positive against a high-flying Baggies side.

Our opponents find themselves in third place, even after their midweek defeat to Swansea City and recently Stoke City, though they are unbeaten at home in the Championship this season (W4, D2).

Forward Karlan Grant has two assists as does Connor Townsend, but Callum Robinson leads the way with four. Republic of Ireland international Robinson struck five times and grabbed an assist for his country in the last international break too, so he's one to look out for within the Baggies' creative ranks.

Grant finds himself in fine goalscoring form having scored five times in his last five appearances. He has six for the season - a 27% contribution rate his side's 22 goals in all - after a slow start to his West Brom career last season when he managed one goal in the Premier League before West Brom's relegation.

However he is now looking to have found his feet after the departures of Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu in the summer. They were one of nearly 30 players to leave The Hawthorns, while the arrivals of Alex Mowatt and Adam Reach have brought recognisable experience.

The Baggies sit only behind Fulham their average shots per game (15.1).

WEST BROM PROFILE

Formed: 1878
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Nickname: The Baggies
Manager: Valérien Ismaël
Finish last season: 19th, Premier League

Honours:

  • First Division champions 1919/20
  • Second Division Champions (Championship) 1901/02, 1910/11, 2007/08
  • FA Cup winners: Five times
  • League Cup winners: 1966
  • Charity Shield Winners 1920, 1954 (shared)

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: The Hawthorns
When: Saturday, October 23rd, 3pm
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 14

Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant referee: Jonathan hunt
Assistant referee: Sam Lewis
Fourth official: Keith Stroud


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Nottingham Forest

Two injury-time goals from Nottingham Forest substitute Lyle Taylor denied City what promised to be their first home win of the season.

Alex Scott scored his first club goal to put the Robins ahead at half-time but Taylor dispatched from the penalty spot just as four minutes of added time were announced.

The points looked to be shared but there was still time for the visitors to throw themselves forward again, and Taylor found himself in the right place at the right time as he put the ball over the line at the far post.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Karlan Grant, pictured in 2020/21

Striker Grant joined West Brom for a reported £15million in October 2020. He scored only once from 21 appearances last season but leads his club's tally with six goals in the current campaign to date.

Five of these have come in his last five appearances, including a double to help his team come from behind the beat QPR 2-1.

Grant's career began at Charlton Athletic where he progressed through their youth system. He spent a very brief loan spell at Cambridge United before spending the second half of the 2017/18 season with Crawley Town.

He joined Huddersfield Town in January 2019 where he enjoyed 23 league goals from 55 appearances until his Premier League move to West Brom a year ago.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 3-2 West Brom
9.4.2019
Championship
Ashton Gate

Three goals in an electric opening 20 minutes stretched City’s unbeaten run to five matches.

Josh Brownhill scored the first inside two minutes, while Andreas Weimann doubled the lead with a close-range finish.

Jack Hunt got off the mark in City colours with a back-post header with Ashton Gate rocking at half-time.

West Brom pulled two goals back courtesy of their dangerous duo Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez to set up a nervy end but City held on to secure their first win over the Baggies since 2010.


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 52
Won: 15
Drew: 15
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 17
Goals conceded: 19

Championship position: 16th (16 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 19
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann, Chris Martin 4
Most assists: Martin, Weimann 2
Best average rating (Opta): Chris Martin 7.07

Possession: 42.4%
Passing percentage: 68.4%
Tackle success percentage: 67.4%
Average aerial duels won: 27.1

West Brom

Matches v opposition: 52
Won: 22
Drew: 15
Lost: 15

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 22
Goals conceded: 17

Championship position: 3rd (25 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 26
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Karlan Grant 6
Most assists: Callum Robinson 4
Best average rating (Opta): Dara O'Shea 7.73

Possession: 48.6%
Passing percentage: 60.7%
Tackle success percentage: 68.4%
Average aerial duels won: 32.6


🎟 Ticket news

Saturday's match has sold out. There are no further tickets available to City fans.

Overseas supporters can tune in via Robins TV with coverage set to start from 2.30pm.

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