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
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.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.