To be played on Saturday 19th October 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Stoke and West Brom meet at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as both sides look to improve their position in the table. West Brom are on a good run of form after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and drawing with Arsenal in their last two games.
They will be up against a tough trip to the Britannia against a Stoke team that has yet to find any kind of consistency this season. They have lost four of their last six games and West Brom will feel that this is a good time to play the Potters.
It should be a tight affair but I think that West Brom will have too much quality for Mark Hughes’ side, expect the points to go back with the visitors.
West Brom will hope to see the return of Victor Anichebe and Scott Sinclair from injury, both players missed the Arsenal game and it will be a boost to the squad depth if they can find fitness and be available for the trip to the Britannia Stadium
Meanwhile Stoke City are only waiting on one player… John Walters is struggling with a groin injury and could be in contention for the weekend’s clash. He is one of their main goal threats so it would be important to have him back.
Stoke City have four players joint top goal scorers with one goal each whilst new signing Morgan Amalfitano heads the list for West Brom with two goals.
Stoke’s home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Goals For 4, Goals Against 2
West Brom’s away record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 0, Goals For 3, Goals Against 6
Stoke had 56% of the possession in their last match. A 1-0 defeat at Fulham
West Brom had 44% of the possession in their last match. A 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal
Stoke’s last six games: 1 win, 1 draw, 4 losses
West Brom’s last six games: 2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss
Five players to watch:
The Stoke goalkeeper had a great season last year and he was highly sought after in the summer transfer window but he couldn’t secure a move. So far this season he has looked less than impressive since his man of the match performance on the opening day against Liverpool.
Since joining from Marseille in the summer Amalfitano has been West Brom’s most outstanding player, he scored at Old Trafford in the first Baggies win there since the 1970s. He will be a constant danger to the Stoke defence and they will have to be on top form to keep him out.
England U21 international has been a revelation for West Brom this season. He scored the winning goal at Old Trafford and found the net against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup. He is fast and elusive which will make him a nightmare for any defence to handle.
Stoke will need Jones to find the net on regularly this season if they stand a chance at staying in the division. He hasn’t hit form yet so Mark Hughes and the Stoke fans will hope he can hit his stride sooner rather than later.
Mulumbu has really improved this season turning into an important part of the West Brom midfield. He was excellent against Arsenal last time out and his partnership with Claudio Yacob in front of the back four has been a big part of their improved form.
Last time they met:
A very drab affair saw both sides share the points on this occasion. Stoke had only won one game since the new years so they saw it as an important point although they felt Kenwyne Jones could have won it late on in the game. At the time it took Stoke into the top half but they struggled late in the season that saw them fall towards the relegation zone.
What is your prediction for the game?