West Brom v Stoke City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 23, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
West Brom are looking to make it three wins out of three on Sunday, with Stoke City the visitors to the Hawthorns. The TV cameras will be there to see whether Tony Pulis’ side can continue their impressive start to the new Premier League season against a team that beat Arsenal last time out.
Stoke haven’t beaten West Brom in their last five attempts, so the omens aren’t good for Mark Hughes’ men. James Morrison scored the only goal of the game in this fixture last season, while the corresponding fixture ended 1-1.
Jonny Evans has been struggling with a tight hamstring and remains a doubt for this one, while Hal Robson-Kanu’s suspended. Claudio Yacob also injured his hamstring at the weekend and is set to miss out, although last season’s match winner Morrison could be fit after a knee ligament problem.
For the visitors, there’s a major doubt over Xherdan Shaqiri, who limped out of their impressive win over Arsenal. The Swiss forward left the pitch clutching the back of his leg, and there are doubts over Erik Pieters too after he hurt his ankle at the weekend.
West Brom v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
This isn’t a fixture that usually produces many goals, although things could be about to change. With more attacking talent than ever on show, this could be the year when the shackles come off between these two.
It seems that West Brom have managed to keep their captain Jonny Evans in the face of Manchester City’s interest. Retaining the experienced defender would be a huge boost for Pulis, and it’d be even better if he’s fit to face Stoke. The Baggies would be a lot stronger at the back in the face of Stoke’s attacking threat.
Former Real Madrid and PSG forward Jese Rodriguez was superb on his debut for the Potters at the weekend. His pace, direct running and of course wonderful goal were all crucial to their win over Arsenal. If Hughes can get the likes of Jese, Bojan and Shaqiri all fit and firing, Stoke will be some proposition going forward.
The bookmakers are having a tough time calling this one. Hosts West Brom start the game as narrow 6/4 favourites, while Stoke are available at 23/10. If you think the game will end in a draw, it’s 11/5.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/7
With just 20 goals in the last 13 games between the teams, this one’s usually a low scoring fixture. This bet would’ve paid out in 10 of those 13 matches.
Jese to score and Stoke to win 1-0 at 40/1
This is a great price for Jese to repeat the match winning heroics from his Potters debut.