Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 23 December 2017
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
There are only two points separating the two sides on the brink of the danger zone ahead of their weekend’s clash which can truly be called a relegation six-pointer at this stage. The Potters are in a somewhat better position being two points above and outside the drop zone at the moment, but a defeat here would ruin their Christmas holidays and pull them down into the red zone for the first time in this term.
Mark Hughes’ job is rumoured to be on the line after a shocking 0-3 loss at home to fellow strugglers West Ham United in the previous round. It was the third straight defeat for Stoke City whose defensive line is just unrecognizable in this term. The Potters hold the league’s worst defensive record with 39 goals conceded in 18 matches and the last weekend’s outing with the Hammers just proved this fact.
Luckily for Hughes, WBA do not have a predator in the final third in this term. The Baggies actually do not have a man who has managed to net three or more goals so far in the season which best describes why they currently sit second from bottom coming into the clash at Bet365 Stadium. Alan Pardew took over Tony Pulis in November, but he failed to change WBA’s fortunes around mainly because of the lack of the attacking potential in his lineup.
Nonetheless, The Baggies can be encouraged with fine defensive displays in clashes with league’s heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United in last two rounds. WBA haven’t actually conceded two or more goals in any of their last six matches on the road in all competitions.
Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion: Predictions
The visitors will try and keep things tight at the back in such an important clash with the Potters.
They should get opportunities to strike at the other end given Stoke’s horrendous defensive displays in this season and we’ll go for the away win at the 3.40 odds here.
Stoke City vs West Brom: Bet Tips
- Away win 3.40
- West Brom to keep a clean sheet 3.40
Stoke City vs West Brom: Head-to-head
The head to head stats speak in Stoke’s favour since the Potters have won 41 and lost 25 of 91 meetings with the Baggies.
The margin is even higher in Stoke’s home matches as they’ve only lost six of 45 clashes with WBA oin front of the home crowd.
Nonetheless, the Baggies were the dominant side in the most recent head to head history, winning four and drawing two of last six ties with the Potters.