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  • March 16, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: Stoke - West Brom

Premier League Preview: Stoke - West Brom

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The hosts have lost three on the trot and seek a positive result against Steve Clarke's side, which has recently improved its form, winning three of the 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 is 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 center-back with U.S. international Geoff Cameron and Andy Wilkinson at fullback.

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 wing, while Charlie Adam could feature in a three-man midfield.

West Brom has no new injury problems and is likely to field an unchanged lineup, 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. Forward Peter Odemwingie could feature out wide or up front alongside the in-form Romelu Lukaku.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke is still nine points clear of the relegation zone but has picked up the fewest points this year of any Premier League side, with seven defeats and one win from the club's 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 is a comfortable 10 points ahead of its opponents in eighth place, and with three wins from its last four league matches is 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 has won eight of its last 11 league games against West Brom, with the only loss in that run coming at the Britannia Stadium last season.
  • Romelu Lukaku (pictured, right) is the Baggies' top scorer with 13 goals this season, with seven of those coming in 2013.

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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
33Cameron 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

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