Rock-bottom Stoke City are now three points adrift of safety in the English Championship after their tenth defeat last weekend, and things could get even more precarious with the visit of high flying West Brom.
Venue: Bet365 Stadium
Date : Monday, 4th November 2019
Kick-off : 21:00 PM UK time.
TV channel : Sky Sports
Results continue to go from bad to worse for Stoke City this season and it is increasingly looking difficult to fathom how the Potters will beat the drop. After they managed to string together a pair of wins in mid-October for the first time this term, things have gone sour again and they lost back to back games coming into this one.
The club’s hierarchy were eventually forced to relieve Nathan Jones of his duties and even Rory Delap who has been placed in caretaker charge will not particularly fancy his team’s chances against a team that have lost just one of their fourteen league games this season, and will surely demand more from his wards if they hope to take anything here.
West Brom are a typical contrast to their opposition, as they look a tactically composed and well-drilled promotion chasing outfit. They have a great chance of moving three points clear at the top of the standings and after Josh Cullen’s late penalty denied them all three points last time out, the Baggies will want to quickly get back to winning ways with a rousing performance.
Stoke normally rely on a 4-3-1-2 formation with Scott Horgan and Lee Gregory usually leading the double-edged attack, and Tom Ince playing just behind them.
West Brom play a 4-2-3-1, and have in Hal Robson-Kanu a willing worker upfront who is normally supported by Grady Diangana, Matt Phillips and Matheus Pereira.
City will be shorn of the services of Oghenekaro Etebo and full-back Thomas Edwards who both join Ryan Shawcross on the sidelines due to injury.
That said, Stephen Ward could return on the left-hand side of the defence here.
Nathan Ferguson is suspended for this game after he saw red against Charlton, and it will be Conor Townsend who takes his place.
Striker Kenneth Zohore could make his return from injury here but Kieran Gibbs remains out.
Head to Head :
Stoke City have played with West Brom a total of 145 times in all competitions, and it is the hosts who hold a slight advantage with 60 victories to their opponent’s 48. 37 of such encounters have ended in draws, but none have been recorded in the last three.
West Brom did the double over Stoke last season, winning 1-0 at this ground.
Match Stats :
Stoke are winless in 18 of their last 20 matches in the Championship.
West Brom are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 games in the division. Their only loss in that streak came versus leaders, Leeds in a 1-0 result.
While there have been under 2.5 goals scored in West Brom’s
last five league games on the road, Stoke’s last three at home have ended in under 2.5 goals.
Team Form :
Stoke are currently out of sorts and the change in their managerial duties might not help issues. It is high time they win some games or their season could be over before it have even started. Will the interim appointment of Delap prove pivotal in kick starting their resurgence?
Stoke City’s last 5 matches (in all competitions) : LWWLL
West Brom are one of the best teams in the English second tier at the moment, and their goalscoring prowess is highlighted thus, that they have the second best goal scored tally of 26. Only Preston North End (27) have scored more this season. An eighth league win here will put them three points clear of their closest challengers.
West Brom last 5 matches (in all competitions) : LWWDD
Stoke City will be particularly careful not to fall further adrift in their fight to avoid relegation and are expected to be a tad less pliable here. But West Brom have been rampant and are rude in form and confidence, so should be able to pick up another important victory.
But it could be a low scoring affair in Staffordshire. Both sides are expected to remain solid in defence for much of it, which could see an under 2.5 match goals on show.
West Brom to win @49/20
Under 2.5 match goals @4/5