Preview: Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion

Preview: Stoke City vs. West Brom
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Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.

Stoke City host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they look to return to winning ways after suffering three defeats in a row.

Their recent poor run of form has seen them fall to 11th place in the Premier League table, and the side need to get points on the board to avoid the possibility of falling into a relegation scrap.

The Potters only suffered a last-minute defeat at Newcastle United last weekend, and Tony Pulis may opt to retain faith with the team that started that match.

West Bromwich Albion have reignited their challenge for a European place next season with three wins from their last four games.

They now sit just four points behind fifth place, and boss Steve Clarke will be hopeful of taking advantage of a Stoke side who are struggling for points.

Clarke is likely to retain the same starting lineup that edged out Swansea City last weekend.

Recent form

Stoke City: DLWLLL

West Bromwich Albion: LLWWLW

Possible starting lineups

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Wilson, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters; Crouch, Jerome

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones; Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu; Lukaku

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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