In-form Baggies take on tough-tacking Potters.
Such has been the form displayed by Steve Clarke’s West Brom, that even a 3-1 defeat away at Swansea in midweek could not dislodge the Baggies from the Premier League top four. Succeeding Roy Hodgson at the Hawthorns was never going to be easy for Clarke but the former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant has exceeded all expectations and his side have won five of their six home games so far this term.
Stoke City are yet to win on the road this season but will be buoyed by their comeback against Newcastle United on Wednesday night, a result that saw Tony Pulis’ side move into the top half of the table.
Venue The Hawthorns, Saturday 3pm
Last season West Brom 0 Stoke 1
Referee K Friend
This season’s matches 7 Y25, R1, 3.71 cards per game
Odds West Brom Evens Stoke 13-5 Draw 12-5
West Bromwich Albion
Subs from Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dorrans, Jara, Mulumbu, Tamas, Lukaku, Fortuné, Thorne, Dawson, Roofe, Sawyers
Doubtful Gera (groin)
Injured Foster (groin, 8 Dec), Reid (hamstring, unknown)
Form guide LWWWWL
Disciplinary record Y26 R1
Leading scorers Long, Lukaku 5
Subs from Nash, Sorensen, Whitehead, Palacios, Owen, Ness, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson, Arismendi, Jerome, Edu
Injured Delap (hernia, 15 Dec), Crouch (face, unknown), Wilson (broken leg, unknown)
Form guide WWDWLD
Disciplinary record Y30 R1
Leading scorer Crouch 4
West Brom’s 2-1 win at Stoke last season was their first victory over the Potters in 11 league meetings.
Stoke have won all three Premier League visits to The Hawthorns without conceding a goal. Their last defeat at the ground was a 1-0 second tier loss in September 2003.
Defeat at Swansea on Wednesday ended a four-game winning run for the Baggies.
Despite that defeat, 26 points from 14 games still represents their best start to a Premier League campaign.
West Brom have conceded just five goals at The Hawthorns this season – only Stoke have a better defensive home record, with two goals conceded.
Only Manchester City (10) have conceded fewer goals than Stoke (12) in the top flight this season.
The Potters are unbeaten in four Premier League games (W3, D1).
Stoke have had 66 attempts on target this season, fewer than any other side in the Premier League.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
fanatix prediction 3-1. The Baggies to bounce back from midweek disappointment with victory over Stoke.
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