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Stoke City v Albion match preview

21 December 2017

ALBION make the short trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke City in a crucial Premier League clash (3pm ko).

The opposition 

Stoke currently sit one place outside the relegation zone in 17th place having accumulated 16 points from their first 18 matches.

Despite a reasonable start to the season that saw them beat Arsenal and draw with Manchester United as part of their opening four fixtures, they are now currently on a three game losing streak.

Their most recent match was at home to West Ham last weekend, where goals from Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic and Diafra Sakho confined them to a 3-0 defeat.

Last time out 

We have already faced Stoke once this season, back in August, when a late equaliser from Peter Crouch cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s opener to see the sides draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

Rodriguez celebrates scoring his first Albion goal in the Premier League against Stoke

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Albion

  • The Baggies have won four and drawn two of their last six games against Stoke.
  • Salomon Rondon will make his 100th Albion appearance if he plays any part of Saturday’s game. Gareth McAuley could also make his 200th PL appearance for the Baggies, and Allan Nyom is in line to potentially make his 50th PL appearance for the Club.
  • Alan Pardew’s men have drawn the most games in the league this campaign (eight).

Stoke City

  • Stoke have lost five of their last six matches and conceded the most goals in the PL so far this season.
  • They have conceded the first goal in each of their last five games.
  • The Potters have kept one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League outings.

From the archive

Salomon Rondon headed Albion to a 1-0 victory over Stoke in 2015.

Head to head 

The head-to-head record is reasonably close between the two sides, though it is Stoke who come out on top.

Of the 142 meetings, Albion have won 46 times, there have been 37 draws and The Potters have been victorious on 59 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Neil Swarbrick, and he’ll be assisted by Scott Ledger and Adrian Holmes - with Chris Kavanagh as the fourth official.

It will be the first time that Swarbrick has officiated Albion this season.

Ticket news

Albion have SOLD OUT their allocation for this fixture.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Stoke is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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Match Reports

Stoke City 3 Albion 1

23 December 2017

ALBION succumbed a 3-1 defeat at Stoke City despite a dominant second-half rally at the bet365 Stadium.

First-half goals from Joe Allen and Maxim Choupo-Moting, in injury time, put the Potters in control at the break in what was the 100th top-flight meeting between the two sides.

Salomon Rondon slotted Albion back into contention early in the second period, marking his 100th game for the club with a deserved goal.

The Baggies then applied a host of second-half pressure in search of a leveller, dominating proceedings, but City's Ramadan Sobhi hit a decisive third in added time to secure the points.

Albion, who will also have to check on an injury to the returning Nacer Chadli, face Everton at The Hawthorns next up on Boxing Day as they strive to get back on track.

Head Coach Alan Pardew made three changes from the defeat to Manchester United, recalling Chris Brunt, Gareth Barry and Hal Robson-Kanu while there were places on the bench for fit-again pair Chadli and Craig Dawson.

James McClean and former Baggies skipper Darren Fletcher exchanged early efforts on target, before Rondon fired over the crossbar amid a lively start.

Yet it was the Potters who struck first in the 19th minute, Allen poking home from close range after Ahmed Hegazi's block had fallen kindly into the path of Peter Crouch and he volleyed across the face of goal.

Rondon tested Jack Butland with a low effort shortly after, and having then rode a spell of home pressure, the Albion No.9 fired a clear-cut chance over the bar when in space 12 yards out although the assistant raised his flag for offside.

It was Rondon again who was at the heart of the action just before the interval, seeing his low side-footed strike tipped around a post by Butland.

With half-time looming, Pardew's side found themselves two goals down as Allen latched on to a throw-in down Albion's left, sent clear Choupo-Moting, who rounded Ben Foster and slotted home past Hegazi and Allan Nyom.

Chadli was introduced at the break and Albion rallied with an immediate response, Rondon latching on to Brunt's ball over the top to slot past Butland in front of a sell-out 2,300 away support.

Chadli's return lasted just 15 minutes as he hobbled off with what appeared to be a thigh muscle injury on the hour mark, to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

Nevertheless, Albion's spell of pressure became sustained as Jake Livermore volleyed an effort wide, Brunt went close through a sucession of corners while Rodriguez was inches away from latching on to a throughball.

Oliver Burke was introduced as the visitors continued to push forward and he almost teed up Rondon for a last-gasp leveller but for a crucial touch from Butland.

With Albion fully committed in their opponent's half of the pitch, Choupo-Moting and Sobhi found themselves clean through in stoppage time, with the former squaring for the Egyptian to slot into an empty net.

ALBION: Foster, Nyom, Hegazi, Evans (c), Gibbs (Burke 81), Livermore, Barry, Brunt, McClean (Chadli 46, Rodriguez 61), Robson-Kanu, Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Yacob.

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