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December 1, 2012 11:00 PM MYT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 24739‎

West Brom - Stoke Preview: Baggies hope impressive home form will help them bounce back

Steve Clark's side suffered a demoralising defeat in midweek but have the opportunity to rectify that against a Tony Pulis team lacking in ambition going forward when on the road

By Arthur Virgo

Steve Clarke,West Bromwich
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Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Odemwingie, Morrison, Brunt
Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron

Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Etherington

West Brom will continue with Boaz Myhill in goal in place of regular keeper Ben Foster (groin), while right-back Steven Reid (hamstring) and centre-back Craig Dawson (eye injury) are also unavailable.

Steve Clarke could return forward Shane Long to a lone striking role in place of Romelu Lukaku after he was rested on Wednesday against Swansea, with Peter Odemwingie to his right. Chris Brunt could retain his place on the left flank, with Zoltan Gera doubtful (groin).

Stoke are without defenders Marc Wilson (ankle) and Andy Wilkinson (back), so Ryan Shotton is likely to retain his place at right-back with Geoff Cameron again at left-back.

Matthew Etherington has been preferred to Michael Kightly on the left flank of late, while Rory Delap (hernia) is unavailable.

In attack, regular lone striker Peter Crouch (mouth) is unlikely to feature after losing three teeth in midweek, while Michael Owen (hamstring) is doubtful. Kenwyne Jones and Wednesday's goal scorer Cameron Jerome are therefore in contention for their first starts this season, but each could feature at some point.

  • West Brom had collected four consecutive league victories until Wednsday when the side were defeated 3-1 by Swansea, but still occupy fourth place in the table.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in four games and have won their previous two, having conceded just two goals at home and 12 in the Premier League so far this season. Only champions Manchester City have conceded fewer (10).
  • The Potters are weak away from the Britannia Stadium, however, and have failed to win in their last 16 Premier League away games, a run stretching back to January 2.
  • Stoke have won their last three matches against West Brom at the Hawthorns, keeping a clean sheet in each match.
  • The Baggies won the last time the two sides met after a winning goal in stoppage time from Graham Dorrans (pictured) cancelled out Cameron Jerome's late equaliser.
  • Saturday's game will see several men playing for the same nation line up against each other after. West Brom striker Shane Long will face Republic of Ireland team-mates John Walters and Glenn Whelan, while Scotland international playmakers James Morrison and Charlie Adam will be on opposing sides.
  • Former England international Peter Crouch is crucial to Stoke's aerial game and has started every match this season, scoring or assisted seven goals so far this season, over half Tony Pulis’ side’s 13, but is likely to miss out after three of his teeth were knocked out in a collision on Wednesday.

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