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Premier League

  • 28 August 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 22909

West Brom - Stoke City: Both sides target first league win of the new season

Roy Hodgson's side look to get off the mark following back-to-back defeats, while the Potters also arrive at the Hawthorns searching for their first three points of the campaign

Reid, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey
Mulumbu, Scharner, Morrison, Brunt

Shawcross, Huth, Woodgate, Wilson
Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington
Jones, Walters

Roy Hodgson is likely to name the same line-up which was unlucky to lose during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea. This means that last season's top scorer Peter Odemwinge is again likely to have to make do with a place on the substitute’s bench despite returning to full fitness. The Baggies boss has no new injury worries with only long-term absentee Zoltan Gera missing out.

Stoke are also likely to name the same starting XI from their previous game. Despite being rested for their 4-1 Europa League win against FC Thun on Thursday night, Jonathan Woodgate is likely to maintain his record of featuring in all of the Potters league games since joining the club. Key man Rory Delap is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are both a few weeks away from regaining full fitness.


  • West Brom have found the back of the net in each of their last 15 league matches, their longest ever run in the Premier League.
  • Roy Hodgson’s side have failed to win any of their last six league matches against last season’s FA Cup runners-up.
  • The Baggies will be looking for their first league win against Tony Pulis’ side since 2003.
  • Both sides have failed to find the back of the net on more than one occasion in any of their fixtures so far this campaign.
  • Last season’s fixture finished with an emphatic 3-0 away win to Stoke, courtesy of a Matthew Etherington goal and a Jonathan Walters brace.
  • Stoke have only managed to score once in the opening ten minutes of their previous 20 league matches.

Players to watch

S. Long

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Republic of Ireland international has found the back of the net in both of his league appearances since joining West Brom, against Manchester United and Chelsea. Despite coming up against a strong Stoke backline, the Baggies record buy will be hoping to continue his impressive run. The rest of his team-mates have failed to find the net so Hodgson will be reliant upon Long to score, as they strive for their first league win of the season.

K. Jones

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Jones has continued to shine after an impressive opening campaign for the Potters. The Trinidadian international’s last-gasp goal salvaged a point away to Norwich, whilst his two strikes in midweek helped to see his side safely through to the Europa League group stages. Jones’ manager will be hoping he continues to fire in the goals as they search for their first three points.

Editor's Prediction

Many of the home side's key men go into the match having been rested for West Brom’s midweek 4-1 Carling Cup win away to Bournemouth. Both Walters and Jones started in Thursday’s Europa League tie and could be leggy against their fresher opponents. With both sides targeting their first league win of the season, the match could become a cagey affair. The home advantage could prove to be crucial and with Long in fine form he could well fire the Baggies to the win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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