Referee confirmed for the WBA game

Referee Darren Bond.
Referee Darren Bond.

Referee Darren Bond will take charge of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Blues at The Hawthorns.

So far this season the Lancashire-based official has refereed 26 games, where he has produced a total of 92 yellow cards, one red and awarded six penalties.

The last Blues game he refereed was our FA Cup home fourth round replay against Coventry City in February.

Blues won that match on penalties after the game had finished 2-2. There were four players booked; including Wes Harding and Jack Concannon for the hosts.

Mr Bond has refereed 17 Blues games in total, with Blues winning 10 of them, drawing four and losing just three

The last West Brom game he took charge of was their Championship home fixture against Brentford in December 2019.

The match finished in a 1-1 draw, with three players cautioned; including Nathan Ferguson and Jake Livermore for the Baggies.

He has refereed four West Brom games during his career, with the Baggies drawing three of them and losing one.

Mr Bond will be assisted on Saturday by Philip Dermott and Mark Russell, with Matthew Donohue acting as the fourth official.