Can West Bromwich Albion continue their fairy-tale start to the season when they host Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon?
The Baggies have won their opening two fixtures, and currently sit joint-top of the league table. They are one of the three sides to have maintained a perfect record this season and are yet to concede a goal. Baggies started the season with a 1-0 home win against Bournemouth, and last weekend they repeated the same scoreline at Burnley. Tony Pulis’ men also registered a 3-1 League Cup win over Accrington Stanley during midweek.
Stoke started the season with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Everton, but they will visit the Hawthorns on the back of a highly-satisfying 1-0 home win over Arsenal. Jese Rodriguez, loan signing from PSG, was the match-winner that day, and he is expected to keep his place in the starting eleven against the Baggies. The Potters also claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Rochdale in the second round of Carabao Cup during midweek.
However, the hosts would be definite favourites to get all the three points on Sunday. Since Tony Pulis has joined West Brom from Stoke, the Potters have managed to earn just a solitary point from five meetings.
Last season, the Potters managed to share points with the Baggies at home, but the corresponding fixture ended in a trademark 1-0 win for Pulis’ men.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Team News
Welsh striker Hal Robson-Kanu is suspended for the hosts and Gareth McAuley is set to miss the game due to an injury. Jonny Evans and Claudio Yacob face late fitness tests ahead of the game.
The Potters will arrive at the Hawthorns without the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Julien N’Goy, Ibrahim Afellay, and Stephen Ireland. Dutch left-back Erik Pieters is also a doubt for the visitors.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Match Facts
The Baggies have lost only one of their last six meetings with the Potters.
Of the last ten league meetings between these two sides, only two have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Stoke have won only one of their last nine away games in Premier League.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Match odds
All the indicators are pointing towards a home win in this game, and we are backing the same as our prediction. A home win provides good value for money at 29/20 odds at Betvictor. A draw can get you best odds of 28/13 while an away win is priced at 5/2 odds.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Correct Score odds
We are backing the Baggies to complete the hat-trick of 1-0 wins at the start of the season. Our betting prediction is also the choice of the bookmakers at the best odds of 11/2.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Over/Under 2.5 goals odds
We think that this is going to be a low-scoring game, and we are backing under 2.5 goals as our prediction at the best odds of 8/15 at Bwin.
West Brom vs Stoke City – Anytime Goalscorer odds
Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez is the favourite at the best odds of 40/17 at Unibet. Rodriguez, who has joined the Baggies in a £12m summer deal from Southampton, scored his first goal for the club in the midweek League Cup win. We are backing him to score his first league goal for the Baggies on Sunday.
For the Potters, Saido Berahino is available at 10/3 odds.