Saturday's visitors will not be carrying much confidence after a barren month for points, while Tony Pulis' outfit will still be feeling positive after their draw at Anfield
Roy Hodgson has more than double the problems in his squad with eight players either struggling to be ready for the game with Stoke. The former Liverpool manager is waiting on the fitness of Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Paul Scharner and Nicky Shorey.
With a majority of the defence being doubtful for the game at the Britannia Stadium, the Baggies look set to make drastic changes to their back line and bring in the likes of Gonzalo Jara, Gabriel Tamas, Craig Dawson and Joseph Mattock to cover for their usual set of stoppers.
However, Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid are all out of the fixture due to their respective long-term injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Stoke City are unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings with West Brom, winning eight of those fixtures.
- The Baggies have managed just a single clean sheet in their past 29 Premier League games on the road.
- Among all the clubs in the top-flight, Tony Pulis’ men have converted the most goals from set-piece situations this season.
- The Potters also have the highest rate of conceding goals in the opening 45 minutes of a league match, which will be good news to the visitors who have scored 60 per cent of their goals during this campaign in the first-half of their games.
- In the five Premier League meetings between these two, Roy Hodgon's (pictured right) side have taken just a single point.
- A win for the Potters and Pulis would be their 45th in the four seasons the side have been in the Premier League, matching West Brom’s number of the same amount after six campaigns.