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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Begovic
Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson
Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Shea
Walters
Crouch
WEST BROM

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

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Michael OwenStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
18Romelu LukakuStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
4Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
9Markus RosenbergStriker
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 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.
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
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.
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.
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