Stoke vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be looking for a win to ease the pressure on under-pressure Head Coach Alan Irvine when they take on bogey side Stoke City.

The hosts produced a wonderfully determined performance to see off the challenge of Everton on Boxing Day, and will hope that can be a springboard to a more consistent second half of the season as their current squad undoubtedly possesses immense talent.

Three of the Potters’ four home league defeats have come against sides in the bottom half, so this is the type of game where Mark Hughes will be demanding more of a clinical edge to go with their superiority.

Having suffered the pain of seeing a two-goal lead evaporate at Queens Park Rangers, a meeting with the champions was hardly the ideal game to follow for West Brom, and so it proved as the game ran away from them within 34 minutes, but their lead over the bottom three remains two points.

However, should they lose this it could have greater repercussions as several of their relegations rivals are playing each other, while it could turn more supporters against Irvine, who admits his job is not entirely safe.

Stoke will assess key pair Bojan Krkic and Ryan Shawcross, who both suffered knocks against Everton, while Phil Bardsley is a major doubt.

Chris Brunt could return to the West Brom starting XI, and fellow midfielder Graham Dorrans has recovered from a calf strain.

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