Potters (H) Lørdag 04 April

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PREMIER LEAGUE
Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Saturday, 4 April Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC WM 95.6FM, BBC Radio Stoke 94.6 FM, score updates on Final Score, BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 Live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Highlights on Match of the Day


West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury and illness.

But Baggies boss Tony Mowbray is likely to stick with central defensive pairing Jonas Olsson and Shelton Martis.

Stoke City will be without striker Mamady Sidibe, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Manager Tony Pulis is hopeful that defenders Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson will be fit to start.

 


West Brom (from): Carson, Kiely, Zuiverloon, Hoefkens, Olsson, Martis, Donk, Pele, Meite, Robinson, Cech, Koren, Teixeira, Do-Heon, Valero, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune, Bednar, Moore, Menseguez.

Stoke (from): Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Diao, Whelan, Delap, Beattie, Fuller, Simonsen, Etherington, Amdy Faye, Camara, Sonko, Cresswell, Cort, Pugh, Tonge, Griffin, Olofinjana.

 


West Brom manager Tony Mowbray:

"The style of play they use away from home allows the opposition to have the ball and they sit back and play on the counter-attack.

"It's whether we are clever enough or patient enough to break them down.

"We need another performance that gives us a chance to win a football match and if we win the next two games we'll give ourselves a real opportunity."

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We'll respect West Brom because they've got some excellent players. Last year they came up as champions.

"We've got to be as committed as we can be and hopefully we'll get that bit of good fortune.

"We'll go there with a positive frame of mind, but every game in the Premier League is a tough game and West Brom will be no different."

BIG-MATCH FACTS

West Bromwich Albion against Stoke is a relegation six-pointer between two of last season's promoted clubs, who are currently in the bottom-five, and separated by eight points.

The rock bottom Baggies are on the longest current winless run in the Premier League of eight matches.

The Potters are the only remaining club without an away win in the Premier League, and in West Brom play the first of three successive games against bottom-four clubs.

Stoke are hunting a first top-flight win at the Hawthorns in 28 years.

Distance between the clubs: 40 miles (65 kilometres)

 

CLUB FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

20th 24 points

Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 19th

Lowest could fall: 20th

1. Drawn three and lost five of the last eight Premier League matches since beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Hawthorns on 17 January.

2. Drawn the last two Premier League matches; not drawn three in a row in this league since the stalemates with Manchester City (a), Bolton (a) and Newcastle (h) between 28 December 2004 and 3 January 2005.

3. Not beaten a fellow promoted side this season; picked up one point out of 12 courtesy of a 2-2 away to Hull on 31 January.

4. Lost one of the eight Premier League matches this season in which they opened the scoring (away to Wigan); not won any of the 20 in which the first goal was conceded, indeed only three points have been garnered from such games (the home draws with Blackburn and Bolton, and away draw with Hull).

5. Already suffered more doubles than any other club in this Premier League season (six). Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle have already recorded home and away victories over the Baggies. Liverpool, Wigan, Sunderland and Stoke could join that list.

6. Despite being rock-bottom in the Premier League, they still boast the 10th best home attack in the highest league; 20 goals scored in 15 games at the Hawthorns.

7. The Hawthorns has seen more Premier League goals than any other club; 48 (20 for, 28 against).

8. Seven matches remain after this, beginning with another six pointer. The full list is:- Portsmouth (a), Manchester City (a), Sunderland (h), Tottenham (a), Wigan (h), Liverpool (h) and Blackburn (a).

STOKE CITY

16th 32 points

Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 12th

Lowest could fall: 18th

1. Won two of the last three Premier League matches.

2. Completed 19 top-flight matches since last recording back-to-back wins; home to Sunderland and Arsenal on 29 October and 1 November respectively.

3. Not lost to a fellow promoted club this season; beat West Brom and drew with Hull - both at the Britannia Stadium.

4. Picked up 24 more points at home than on their travels; 28 at the Britannia Stadium and four on the road.

5. Victory over West Brom would complete the first of a possible two Premier League doubles this season. The other possibility is Arsenal.

6. Chasing a first away top-flight win in 25 years, and 36 matches since Luton were defeated 0-1 at Kenilworth Road on 7 May 1984.

7. Managed only two Premier League clean sheets away from home, one in 12 and none in nine since Wigan were held to a goalless draw on 8 November. The other was the no score stalemate at Liverpool on 20 September.

8. This match is followed by home games against third-bottom Newcastle and fourth-bottom Blackburn. The run-in after that is:- Fulham (a), West Ham (h), Hull (a), Wigan (h) and Arsenal (a).

KEY PLAYER NOTES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Scott CARSON is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of West Brom's Premier League matches this season.

Roman BEDNAR is the Baggies leading Premier League scorer, with six goals.

If selected:-

Carl HOEFKENS will be facing a former club. The 30 year old Belgium defender made 96 appearances (89 in the league) and scored five league goals for Stoke between July 2005 and his £750,000 move to West Brom in August 2007.

Jay SIMPSON will be making his 50th career league appearance (Arsenal, Millwall and West Brom).

STOKE CITY

Ricardo FULLER is the club's top Premier League scorer with seven goals.

If on the field from the outset:-

Glenn WHELAN will be making his 200th club career start (Manchester City, Bury, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke).

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Stoke have not lost in six league games against West Brom; won five, drawn one.

The Baggies last beat the Potters on 27 September 2003, with a 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns at second league level.

Stoke have not recorded an away win over West Brom in the top-flight since their 1-2 triumph on 14 November 1981 when Adrian Heath and Lee Chapman were their scorers.

Home and away

League (inc PL): WBA 38 wins, Stoke 53, Draws 30

Prem: WBA 0 wins, Stoke 1, Draws 0

at WBA only

League (inc PL): WBA 29 wins, Stoke 19, Draws 12

Prem: WBA 0 wins, Stoke 0, Draws 0

 

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE

Stoke City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

22 November 2008 - Ref: Lee Mason

Stoke scorer: Sidibe 84

 

REFEREE

Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)