Match Previews

Matchday 22 | Albion v Stoke Preview

Albion and Stoke City badges with an image of Jeremy Sarmiento pointing at the camera in the home kit on the match preview graphic

West Bromwich Albion welcome old rivals Stoke City to The Hawthorns for their final home match before Christmas on Sunday lunchtime (ko midday).

The Baggies got back to winning ways earlier this week having suffered consecutive league defeats for the first time this season previously, beating Rotherham United 2-0 in South Yorkshire thanks to strikes from Grady Diangana and skipper Jed Wallace.

The Potters parted company with Alex Neil last weekend following their disappointing 1-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday. 

Sunday's guests drew 1-1 at the bet365 Stadium against Swansea in midweek, but that result extended their winless run to seven matches. 

Sunday's match is the last before Christmas at The Hawthorns

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's fixture with the Potters.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from The Hawthorns, with coverage starting at 11.50am.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Friday afternoon onwards.

Supporters are kindly asked to direct any questions or complaints about WBA TV or WBA Radio to

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Regular updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the morning and afternoon.


The opponents

Managerless Stoke City arrive at The Hawthorns on Sunday hoping to halt a run of seven straight Sky Bet Championship fixtures without a victory. 

The Potters, who would've hoped to have been challenging up near the play-off positions at this stage of the season, find themselves only a few points clear of the danger zone heading into the festive fixtures. 

Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Swansea City did at least put an end to a four-game sequence of defeats, with Stoke suffering setbacks against Blackburn Rovers, QPR, Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday prior to picking up a point in midweek.

Since their relegation from the Premier League in 2017/18, they've failed to record a top-half finish in any of their five second-tier campaigns, with supporters desperate to see their side competing in the upper echelons of the Championship.

Despite their tricky first half of the term, the Potters will take confidence from August's 2-1 triumph over the Baggies in the Carabao Cup on a night when Josh Griffiths' unfortunate own goal and Andre Vidigal's clever strike secured safe passage to round two.

Stoke have also shown they possess the necessary quality within their ranks to earn impressive results, with notable victories coming against Watford, Sunderland, Leeds and Middlesbrough. The Potters, who've won 64 games against the Albion in their history, will be doing all they can to claim another scalp on Sunday as they look to drive themselves up the division and away from trouble.

Portuguese attacker Andre Vidigal scored against Albion in the Carabao Cup in August

One to remember

How could we forget?

Brandon Thomas-Asante's spectacular strike helped secure three Sky Bet Championship points against Stoke City last November.

Kyle Bartley was also on target that day, but we thought we'd show you the WBA TV angle of Brandon's effort - one which won the club's Goal of the Season award!

The last five

Stoke City 2-1 Albion

August 8 2023, Carabao Cup


Stoke City 1-2 Albion

April 15 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 2-0 Stoke City

November 12 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 1-3 Stoke City

April 9 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Stoke City 1-0 Albion

October 1 2021, Sky Bet Championship

Jayson Molumby bagged a brace the last time the Baggies went to battle with the Potters in the league

Did you know?

None of the last ten meetings between the Baggies and the Potters have ended level.

Both clubs have five victories to their name since the last time they couldn't be separated - a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in the Premier League in August 2017. Jay Rodriguez was on target for Albion, but Peter Crouch scored a late leveller for the Staffordshire outfit.

Jay Rodriguez's first-half header was cancelled out by Peter Crouch's equaliser

Ticket details

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s fixture against Stoke City.

Seats are priced £28 adults, £23 seniors, £17 for supporters aged 20-25, £12 for supporters aged 17-19 and just £5 under-17s.

An adult disabled supporter ticket is priced £18 and includes free access for a personal assistant.

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

When buying online, supporters will need to be logged into their My Albion account linked to their ticketing ID. Click here for instructions.

Please note, Baggies fans purchasing online and opting for an e-ticket will not pay any additional fees, while supporters who opt to purchase match tickets in-person or choose to collect from the club’s ticket office will be charged a £1.75 transaction fee.

A ticket graphic displaying information for Albion's game against Stoke City

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone will be closed on Sunday owing to the early kick-off.

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