Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis will take charge of his 1,000th match as a manager.

Tony Pulis will take charge of his 1,000th match as a manager.


Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to be fit for Stoke after returning to training following a six-match absence with a calf injury.

Forward Jonathan Walters is doubtful because of the ankle problem that ruled him out of the midweek defeat by Hull.

Tony Pulis has no new injury worries ahead of this weekend’s meeting with his former club.

Chris Brunt remains the only Baggies player unavailable as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.


Martin Fisher: “How fitting that West Brom boss Tony Pulis reaches 1,000 games as a manager at Stoke – his home for nearly half of those matches over two spells in which he guided the club into the Premier League and then kept them there, season after season.

“Right now, that tenure looks under threat. Four successive defeats leave Stoke bottom of the table. Their defence, so miserly under Pulis, has become shambolic.

“Deadline-day signing Wilfried Bony looks rusty, and chances will be at a premium against a well-drilled Albion outfit.

“A clean sheet on his return to the Potteries would be the perfect way for Pulis to celebrate his personal milestone and a win would make it four in a row against his former employers.”

Twitter: @martfisher1


Stoke manager Mark Hughes: “Unfortunately at the moment we are a little bit fair game for some who feel they can get easy headlines.

“It is all very predictable – player unrest, problems in the dressing room. They all come up in these situations. It’s totally untrue.”

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis on Stoke: “They have a very strong squad there and it’s a surprise that they are down at the bottom.

“I’m sure they will get out of it – I just hope that it’s not on Saturday that they start.”


I think we might see Stoke revert to that sort of mentality which sort of says ‘we start with a point, and that is the least we are going to get’. I am going to go for a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

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West Brom are aiming for a fourth successive win against Stoke.<!–



  • West Brom have won their last three league meetings with Stoke.
  • Stoke had three players sent off against the Baggies last season in their two Premier League meetings.

Stoke City

  • Stoke are still looking for their first league win of the season after one draw and four successive defeats.
  • They are looking to avoid losing their opening three home fixtures of a league season for the first time in their history.
  • The Potters haven’t lost five consecutive league games since January 2005, while Mark Hughes has never lost five league games in a row as a manager.
  • Stoke have conceded a league-high 14 goals this season, while they have let in four goals on three occasions.

West Brom

  • West Brom are aiming to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February.
  • They have won just one of their last eight away matches in the league (D4, L3).
  • The Baggies scored four goals in their last league match against West Ham – as many as they’d managed in their previous seven games combined.
  • Four of West Brom’s last seven away goals in the Premier League have been scored by Salomon Rondon.

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