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Premier League

  • 16 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 26137

Stoke - West Brom Preview: Potters have won just once in 2013

The hosts have lost three on the bounce and seek a positive result against Steve Clarke's side who have recently improved their form, winning three of their last four games



Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson
Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Shea

Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Mulumbu, Yacob
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt

Stoke are without Robert Huth as the German sits out the final game of a three-match ban for violent conduct, meaning Marc Wilson is set to continue alongside Ryan Shawcross at centre-back with Geoff Cameron and Andy Wilkinson at full-back.

Ryan Shotton could continue on the right flank, but on the left, winger Matthew Etherington (back) remains a doubt as does striker Cameron Jerome (knock). Brek Shea and Michael Kightly are therefore options on the left flank, while Charlie Adam could feature in a three-man midfield.

West Brom have no new injury problems and are likely to field an unchanged line-up, but Steven Reid (knock) could recover in time and return in place of right-back Billy Jones.

Midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee) are long-term casualties while the midfield three is settled. However, forwards Peter Odemwingie and the doubtful Shane Long (ankle) could feature out wide or up front alongside the in-form Romelu Lukaku.

  • Stoke are still nine points clear of the relegation zone but have picked up the fewest points this year of any Premier League side, with seven defeats and one win from their nine league matches in 2013.
  • The Potters have gone 11 straight games without a clean sheet despite managing nine in their first 18 matches.
  • West Brom are a comfortable 10 points ahead of their opponents in eighth place, and with three wins from their last four league matches are now just four points off Europa League qualification.
  • The Baggies have, however, lost four of their last five matches away from home, and eight of their 14 over the course of the season.
  • Stoke have won eight of their last 11 league games against West Brom, with their only loss in that run coming at the Britannia Stadium last season.

Players to watch

R. Shawcross

Position: Defender

Games: 22

  • 1
  • 4
  • 0
The centre-back has responsibility for leading the back four in the absence of his suspended partner Robert Huth, but their defensive problems run deeper and the Potters have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eleven league games. Shawcross will have to use all of his experience and aerial ability to face up to the pace and power of Romelu Lukaku.

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The 19-year-old struggled for first-team action on his arrival at Chelsea from Anderlecht but has adjusted quickly to the Premier League since his season-long loan to the Baggies, netting four goals in his last three appearances to bring his total to 13 league goals this season. The Stoke defence could struggle to cope with his height and build.

Editor's Prediction

Tony Pulis’ side are sliding badly though look to have built up a big enough buffer between themselves and the relegation zone, but their home form and defensive record is worrying compared to earlier in the season.

The Potters could therefore struggle against the Baggies, who are comfortable in the top half of the table under Steve Clarke and pushing for Europe.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

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