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  • 21 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 26865
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Stoke City - West Brom Preview: Hosts unbeaten in the last 10 league fixtures against the Baggies

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson
Pennant, Delap, Palacios Etherington
Walters, Crouch

WEST BROM

Foster
Jara, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock
Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

Stoke City have only a couple of worries ahead of their clash with West Bromwich Albion, with Ryan Shotton the closest to being fit for the match after picking up an ankle injury in the FA Cup win over Gillingham. Meanwhile, Mamady Sidibie is still sidelined indefinitely.

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.
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Players to watch

M. Etherington

Position: Midfielder

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The 30-year-old winger has had a fairly successful season with the Potters so far, scoring on four occasions and setting up a further five, highlighting his importance to the Staffordshire outfit.

Always a threat down the left, the former West Ham United wide-man will have to be watched carefully as he tries to bolt down the flank and look for towering striker Peter Crouch or cut inside and set his eye on goal.

S. Long

Position: Attacker

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With six goals in 18 Premier League appearances for the Baggies, the young Irishman will be happy so far with his contributions for his side, but knows that more can and must be done.

His partnership with Peter Odemwingie has been less than consistent during the campaign and both will be hoping to become an effective duo up top sooner rather than later.

Long can be a dangerous player in the final third thanks to his small frame and sharp agility, with both attributes allowing for quick movement to set himself chances on goal and to punish the opposition with a well placed effort.

Editor's Prediction

This month has seen both these teams endure contrasting results in the league, with Stoke so far unbeaten since the turn of the year. They also worked tenaciously to earn a point at Anfield last weekend. Meanwhile, West Brom have not seen a single point come their way in January.

The Baggies' lack of confidence will give them a hard task at the fortress that is the Britannia Stadium and Stoke will look to take advantage of their poor form and further solidify their top-half position.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Stoke City FC STO
3 - 1
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Stoke City FC STO
3 - 0
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA

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