Carlos Corberán | Albion preparing for 'unpredictable' Potters clash

Carlos Corberán.

Albion boss Carlos Corberán says his side must prepare for an 'unpredictable' clash with Stoke City at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon (12pm ko).

The Baggies host a Potters team who are without a permanent manager following the departure of Alex Neil last week.

Corberán admits he is wary this weekend's match will be different to what they normally face, and has prepared his players accordingly to ensure they have the best chance of securing a positive result.

"I’m expecting that the players that Stoke will still play to the best level that they can play at," he explained.

"I don’t know if they will insist on doing the things they did against Swansea or if they’re going to change the way in which they approach the game.

"Nobody can have the answer for this. That’s why sometimes you don’t prepare for the game with just one game-plan, you prepare your team to face the game with a lot of work from previous matches.

"When you analysed the market in which Stoke City worked in over the summer, they were very proactive and they invested a lot in their squad.

"That might be why they’ve changed their coach now, because they’re thinking that they’re not in the position they wanted to be with the investment that they made.

"So we need to prepare ourselves in the best way possible, knowing that there’s going to be some unpredictable behaviours that will happen during the game."

Carlos is also keen to emphasise the importance of his entire squad heading into a hectic festive fixture schedule.

Albion face four Sky Bet Championship fixtures in the space of just 12 days - starting with the visit of the Staffordshire outfit - and Corberán insists every player at his disposal will be vital.

"The players outside of the starting XI are something to consider and to manage, because I always say that people are always very focused on who is in the first XI, but no game is won by only those players," Corberán added.

“Our last game was the perfect example, with Wallace coming onto the pitch and scoring the goal which secured our result.

"He was just as important as the players who started the game, and any of the players on the bench are going to have a big contribution to make."