Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Match Analysis and Prediction

On Saturday 9th February 2019, Stoke City will be welcoming West Bromwich Albion for yet another thrilling action in the English Championship side. The match, scheduled to take place at the Bet365 Stadium will kick off at 15.30GMT. Gone are the days when a match between the two was a guaranteed winning for Stoke City or at worst a draw. Between 1988 and 2003, the period saw Stoke dominate their matches with victories. This followed a long period of revenge after West Bromwich had beaten them to 6-0 in December 1988.

West Bromwich who is eyeing for a place in the top flight English Premier league is looking forward to this fixture with anticipation. The Baggies have been doing relatively well this season with a mixed blend of wins, draws and losses which has nevertheless positioned them safely at number four in the championship table standings. With just 7 points shy of the championship leaders Norwich City and having played one match less, a win for them will place them at a better chance for a jab at the silverware at the end of the season. However, they come into the match bruised after last week’s 3-2 loss to Middlesbrough ready to redeem their image.

With a declining good performance against the Baggies in the recent past, the 15th placed Stoke City are coming to Saturday fixture knowing that their dominance over the Baggies is long gone and should be ready for anything. In their last 13 matches, The Baggies have managed 5 wins against Stoke’s 4 while their 4 meetings have ended in a draw. Stoke is not doing well this season, with their last six matches, they have only managed 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses; this paints a grim picture of their form so far.

With home or no home advantage, Stoke City seem to be on hot soup come Saturday as they face one of the top flight clubs in the Championship side who is geared towards elevation. West Bromwich is not looking forward to anything less than a win. With their impressive edge cutting form, we are tempted to place our bet for their win against the floundering Stoke City.

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Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Head to Head

So far, the two sides have gone head to head in 25 meetings. In these, Stoke has managed to scoop 12 direct wins while West Bromwich Albion has managed 7. 5 matches just ended in a draw. Here is a look into their eight most recent meetings and their end results:

  • West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Stoke
  • Stoke 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke
  • Stoke 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Stoke
  • Stoke 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke

Team News

Stoke City’s Ibrahim Afellay’s knee injury seems to have healed and can feature in the team anytime soon. However, Charlie Adam’s services are still missed till somewhere around late February when he is likely to get back in the squad.

West Bromwich Albion’s seems to be recuperating well from his ankle injury and is back in training and might feature in the upcoming fixture. On the downside, James Morrison and Chris Brunt are still nursing their ankle and calf injuries respectively and are ruled out of the upcoming fixture.

Predictions and Odds

You can get the latest odds here.

After over 2 decade’s dominance over West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City seems to have lost their glamour against the Baggies. If their recent meetings are something to go by, West Bromwich Albion is seen to have held a grasp of Stoke and are not ready to let go of this come Saturday. In their dismal performance this season, we are drawn to make the place our bet for the visitors to emerge victorious with a 2-1 win.

 

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