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Match Preview: West Brom (A)

28 December 2022

Preston North End will take on Carlos Corberan’s in-form West Bromwich Albion side this Thursday in the final game of 2022.

Match Information
Venue:
The Hawthorns
Date:
Thursday 29th December, 8pm kick-off
Competition:
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 25/46)
Kit:
Away kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets are sold out in the away end for this fixture, with 2,000 PNE supporters set to make the journey to the West Midlands.

Supporters can collect pre-paid tickets from Deepdale until around 3.30pm on the day of the game, when any uncollected tickets will then be sent to The Hawthorns on the club coaches.

These tickets can then be picked up on their arrival – expected around 6.45pm – from the away ticket office next to the turnstiles, while duplicates can be picked up from 9am.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters worldwide will be able to watch this game live on iFollow PNE with a £10 match pass.

Live commentary will also be available as usual, with Guy Clarke and Andy Fensome on the mic. Match passes can be bought for £2.50 while monthly audio passes cost £4.49. Click here to subscribe!

We will also have our usual coverage of the game across our social media channels and right here on PNE.Com.

In The Dressing Room

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Alan Browne, Ali McCann and Emil Riis all made a return from their respective injuries off the bench on Boxing Day and could push for a start in this fixture.

Andrew Hughes, who has been sidelined since the middle of November, is back in training and has a chance of featuring, however manager Ryan Lowe said he is wary of rushing players back.

Robbie Brady, Sean Maguire and Troy Parrott are all expected to miss out.

A Look At Our Hosts

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After making a well below-par start to the Championship season, West Brom chose to replace Steve Bruce with former Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan in October.

He’s overseen quite a turnaround already during his short stint in charge, having led them to six victories in eight games, pushing them out of the relegation places and into the Play-Off picture.

With the likes of Jed Wallace, John Swift and Daryl Dike – to name a few – at his disposal, Corberan will be hoping he can go one better than last season, when he lost out in the Play-Off final at Wembley with Huddersfield.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 117
PNE wins: 41
Draws: 27
West Brom wins: 49
Last meeting: PNE 1-0 West Brom, 5th October 2022

One To Watch

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There’s plenty of talent across this West Brom side, who are in fine form, but midfielder Tom Rogic seems to really be showing his class in recent weeks.

When the former Celtic man first arrived at The Hawthorns, it perhaps took him a bit of time to make his mark but – especially since the appointment of Corberan – he has proven what he can do.

The Australian scored a beauty to open his account for the club against Sunderland earlier in the month, and provided a wonderful assist on Boxing Day too for Brandon Thomas-Asante’s equally-impressive chip.

Match Officials

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Andy Woolmer will take charge of PNE for the fourth time this season on Thursday evening.

Woolmer has refereed North End’s away games against Cardiff City, Sunderland and Huddersfield Town so far this campaign, with PNE keeping clean sheets in all three of those matches.

At this stage of the season, Woolmer has taken charge of 17 matches and has shown 69 yellow cards and three reds.


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