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Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion (A)

25 January 2022

PNE will head to the West Midlands on Wednesday evening looking for their first victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns since 1973.

Match Information
Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Wednesday 26th January, 8pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 27/46)
Kit: Away kit – available to order here!

Ticket Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 12 noon online from on Wednesday, while sales will continue in person from the Deepdale ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 2pm on Wednesday.

West Brom have also confirmed they will be selling to our supporters on the night from the away ticket office next to the away turnstiles, while supporters can also make collections here. Click here for full ticket details.

Supporters aged 18 and over attending the game are required to provide evidence of their Covid-19 certification, whether that be with a digital NHS Covid Pass, a paper NHS Covid Pass or a negative Lateral Flow Test within the 48 hours before kick-off. Click here for more details on this.

Match Coverage

Supporters not making the journey to The Hawthorns can watch the game live on iFollow PNE from around the world with a £10 match pass.

Live commentary is also available for £2.50 or with a £4.49 monthly pass. Find full subscription details here.

You can also follow the action across our social media channels as normal, with live updates and post-match reaction here on PNE.Com.

PNE Team News


New signing Cameron Archer, who joined on loan from Aston Villa on Monday, is in contention to make his North End debut.

Andrew Hughes could return to the squad following his suspension, while Brad Potts and Josh Earl may also be available after returning to training following injuries.

Those unavailable for selection include Tom Barkhuizen, who could miss the next few weeks with a calf injury picked up in Swansea, while Daniel Johnson is unavailable for the next three fixtures due to international duties with Jamaica.

The Opposition


Following a fantastic start to the Championship season, West Brom’s form has been slightly more indifferent of late.

In the early stages of the campaign, it appeared the Baggies and Fulham could run away with the division, but three league victories in their last 11 games has seen them drop to fifth.

With Valerien Ismael in the dugout, they have a man with experience of reaching the Play-Offs – given his impressive journey there with Barnsley last season – and there is certainly plenty of quality in his West Brom squad, although they have just suffered a blow with striker Daryl Dike ruled out for around eight weeks through injury.

Key Stats

The Hawthorns hasn’t proven a happy hunting ground for PNE in recent years, as they’ve gone almost 50 years without a victory there.

It’s been ten consecutive league visits there without a win, with goals from Alex Bruce and Doug Holden giving North End their last victory at the stadium in 1973. 

West Brom have averaged 16.3 shots per game so far this season, with only Fulham averaging more, however they sit just tenth in the division in terms of goals scored, having bagged 34.

Our Last Meeting

PNE were made to settle for a point when West Brom came to Deepdale in September 2021.

Ben Whiteman opened the scoring for his side on 26 minutes as he saw his effort deflect past Sam Johnstone, but Matt Phillips drew level in first-half stoppage time.

Man In The Middle


Experienced EFL referee Keith Stroud will take charge of this fixture.

Stroud’s last time in the middle of a North End game was actually Ryan Lowe’s first as PNE boss, the 2-1 victory at Deepdale against Barnsley.

So far this season, the official has refereed 20 games so far this season, showing 78 yellow cards and two reds.

Pre-Match Interview

Ryan On New Boy Archer
And West Brom Trip
Ben Looking To
Exploit Baggies

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