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