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Albion v Stoke match preview

1 September 2018

ALBION host Stoke City at The Hawthorns this weekend as they look to build on Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Mansfield.

The opposition 

Stoke have had a mixed start to the season under new manager Gary Rowett, losing two and drawing two before picking up their first league win over Hull last Saturday.

They progressed through to the Carabao Cup Third Round on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory at home to Huddersfield.

The Potters had a busy summer, bringing in the likes of Benik Afobe, Tom Ince, Sam Clucas, James McClean, Oghenekaro Etebo and Adam Federici - but did lose star man Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.

Last time out

The most recent fixture at The Hawthorns between the two teams was a 1-1 draw in August last year.

Jay Rodriguez netted his first competitive goal for Albion on 61 minutes before Peter Crouch’s late strike ensured the spoils were shared.

Jay reels away in celebration after netting his maiden Baggies goal



  • The Baggies are unbeaten in the last four home games against Stoke (W3, D1).
  • Since the opening day defeat to Bolton, Albion have won all three of their Hawthorns fixtures - scoring 10 goals in the process.
  • There have been 24 games between the two sides in September - with Albion winning 10, Stoke winning 8 and the other six ending in draws.

Stoke City

  • Our most recent Championship meeting was in December 2007, with Stoke running out 3-1 winners up in the Potteries. The Hawthorns fixture that season ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • There has only ever been one game on September 1 between Albion and Stoke - with City winning 4-1.
  • Stoke’s midweek Carabao Cup triumph against Huddersfield ensured they picked up back-to-back wins for the first time in a year.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from last season's score draw...

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Stoke come out on top.

Of the 143 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 46 times, Stoke have been victorious on 60 occasions and there have been 37 draws.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Saturday’s game is Simon Hooper, and he’ll be assisted by Michael McDonough and Daniel Robathan - with Alan Young as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Seats for the clash are on general sale.

Tickets are priced at adults £20/£23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10 and U11s just £5.

Seats can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Stoke is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to 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. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

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

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Stoke City 1

1 September 2018

DWIGHT Gayle's superb brace secured dominant Albion a deserved 2-1 victory over Stoke City at The Hawthorns.

The on-loan frontman opened the scoring courtesy of a delightful turn and finish in the 16th minute before adding a crucial second, a powerful first-time strike from Jake Livermore's excellent throughball, just before the hour mark. 

It was just rewards for an impressive Baggies performance which warranted all three points from a breathless and enthralling encounter.

Potters substitute Benik Afobe sent a second-half penalty against the crossbar, before Eric Pieters struck a very late consolation for the visitors in a clash between two sides battling for an immediate top-flight return.

The victory ensures Darren Moore's side have collected 10 points from their opening six matches of the campaign heading into the international break.

Albion showed one change from the league defeat at Middlesbrough, Craig Dawson replacing Tosin Adarabioyo on the right side of the three-man defence.

Harvey Barnes and Jay Rodriguez both flashed early efforts narrowly wide inside the opening 15 minutes, yet it did not take long for the hosts to take the lead.

Gayle started and finished a sublime move, picking up possession out wide and finding Kieran Gibbs, who drove forward and returned the ball.

Gayle then executed a delightful turn to lose his marker in style before rounding Jack Butland and slotting home.

Ahmed Hegazi saw his header from Matt Phillip's free-kick fly the wrong side of a post while Brunt was next to sting the palms of Butland.

The Baggies got out of jail when former Albion winger James McClean charged down Sam Johnstone's clearance, the ball bouncing down and fortunately on to the roof of the net.

The chance sparked the Potters and they found their way back into the encounter, but it was the home side who, again, could have added to their advantage shortly before the break.

Firstly, Barnes was sent clean through only to be denied by Butland before Kyle Bartley saw his close-range finish ruled out for handball.

Rodriguez sent an early second-half shot straight at Butland when in space, although the hosts got the vital second goal just before the hour.

Livermore's superb throughball was brought down by Gayle and he smashed a first-time strike past a helpless Butland.

City were handed a lifeline when Livermore was penalised for handball in the area, but sub Afobe sent the resulting spot-kick against the bar and over.

Eric Pieters smashed in a left-footed drive with all of the five additional minutes on the clock, but it did not prevent Albion claiming the spoils, extending their unbeaten home sequence against Stoke to five matches.

ALBION: Johnstone, Dawson, Hegazi, Bartley, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, Gibbs, Barnes (Barry 86), Rodriguez, Gayle (Robson-Kanu 72).

Subs: Myhill, Adarabioyo, Field, Leko, Burke.

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