If Chris Brunt plays against the Potters tomorrow it will be his 200th appearance for Albion in all competitions.
Apart from champions Manchester City, the Baggies boast the best home record in the Barclays Premier League.
Tomorrow’s game will pit Albion as joint-fifth top scorers (24) in the Barclays Premier League against Stoke as the team with the second best defence in the division, having conceded just 12 goals.
This is the Baggies’ best start to a top-flight campaign, with 14 games played, since the 1978/79 season.
Albion have lost all their Barclays Premier League fixtures with Stoke at The Hawthorns – failing to score on all three occasions.
The Baggies have not won on home soil against the Potters since Scott Dobie’s strike secured a 1-0 Championship victory in September 2003. Since then they have lost four and drawn one of their five meetings at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies’ win at the Britannia Stadium in January was their first on Stoke soil in almost 30 years.
Last time out
HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, August 28, 2011, Albion 0 Stoke 1 Shotton 89)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, January 21, 2012, Stoke 1 (Jerome 86) Albion 2 (Morrison 35, Dorrans 90+1).
Form guide (last six league matches)
Last league match line-ups
ALBION (v Swansea – away L 1-3): Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Odemwingie, Morrison, Brunt; Lukaku. Subs not used: L Daniels (gk); Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Fortune, Tamas, Dorrans.
STOKE (v Newcastle - home W 2-1): Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Shotton; Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Jerome 68), Etherington (Kightly 68); Walters, Crouch (Jones 40). Subs not used: Sorensen (gk), Upson, Palacios, Whitehead.
Stoke team news
Peter Crouch (face), Andy Wilkinson (back) and Michael Owen (hamstring) are all doubts. Rory Delap (hernia) and Mark Wilkinson (broken leg) are out.
Kevin Friend will referee tomorrow’s game. The Leicestershire official last oversaw the Baggies in their final away game of last season – the 2-2 draw at Bolton. Friend has dished out 45 yellow and two red cards in 12 games this term.
Selected odds from Bet Butler:
Albion to win: 11/10
Stoke to win: 29/10
James Morrison to score first: 13/1
Jonathan Walters to score first: 9/1
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