When the Potters welcome the Championship leaders this Monday, the hosts will be wary of a larruping at the hands of a team who are undefeated in their last four games.
Yet, while our Stoke City vs West Brom predictions aren’t forecasting a double-digit scoreline, it could get messy for Nathan Jones’ men.
Especially considering that they’ve won only twice in their last 10 minutes – and the opponents gracing the Bet365 Stadium in that period weren’t as prolific as the Baggies.
Indeed, Slaven Bilic’s side are operating in the kind of form that our 2019/20 Championship season preview projected.
So, take a read of our thoughts below on where the game will be won for the visitors…
Stoke City vs West Brom Predictions
You could forgive Stoke fans for writing off their team’s chances before a single ball has been kicked, given their team’s current form.
Indeed, you only had to watch their 2-0 defeat to Millwall last weekend – their 10th of the season – to understand where their fears and our projections derive from.
It was an unconvincing performance from the Potters, who had plans to bounce back from their midweek loss to Sheffield Wednesday. And yet, such was the attacking dominance of Gary Rowett’s men that they were unable to have very little say in the proceedings.
Ben Thompson’s strike kicked off the action. Jed Wallace wasn’t far behind when he converted from the spot to make it 2-0 to the Lions, worsening Stoke’s woes.
Yet, as adept as Millwall were on the attack, they were aided by the host’s defensive disarray – a fatal flaw our Stoke City vs West Brom predictions are banking on recurring this Monday.
From squandering possession to sloppy tracking, Rowett’s front three were given license to thrill in the hosts defensive third.
Meanwhile, the likes of Tom Ince and Sam Clucas were unable to procure or convert chances at the other end of the pitch.
Sure, a stronger side would’ve broken the deadlock against the Lions. But a stronger side would’ve also been rampant with the goalscoring against Stoke – and that what we’re tipping the Baggies to do.
True, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Charlton Athletic last weekend in what was a tense game. Macauley Bonne was the man fighting against the league leaders to score his fourth goals in as many games. And what better backup than the experienced Josh Cullen to deny Bilic and co of another win?
But, considering that the Addicks are only five points behind West Brom, it was a result not altogether disappointing.
What’s clear is that Bilic will be disappointed with anything less than three points this Monday under the lights at the Bet365.
Stoke City vs West Brom Head To Head
The Potters have only won once in the last six encounters in this fixture – further fuel for our Stoke City vs West Brom predictions.
And while the most recent clash which took place earlier this year was an edgy affair, Bilic’s men have dominated performances across the years.
The Premier League heydays offer more of the same, with narrower victories in the favour of the visitors.
All in all, another three points to record for the history books.
Stoke City Team News
Things don’t get much better for Jones on the injury forefront.
Indeed, the former left-back will be without Tom Edwards, and fans aren’t too pleased with how the 20-year-old sustained his injury.
The poor Englishman was trying to take a quick throw-in against Sheffield Wednesday where instead he could have simply bided his time.
And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, the absence of Nick Powell takes the Bet365 faithful’s anger up another notch.
Unlike Edwards, Powell picked up his knock while running…on his own training field. And as bizarre as that sounds, this isn’t the first time Jones has ruled him out of a game, such is his injury-prone nature.
Between the pair, and the number of yellow-card, totting-up suspensions the Potters have, our Stoke City vs West Brom predictions foresee a long Monday evening in store for the hosts.
West Brom Team News
The one thing that may provide Stoke with some closure is that their opponents, the league leaders, aren’t without injuries of their own.
Experienced heads like Gareth Barry, Kieran Gibbs and Kenneth Zahore have been ruled out of the game. And pair that with the suspension of Nathan Ferguson, who will miss the next three matches after being shown a straight red card in the 2-2 draw with Charlton on Sunday, and we could see an intriguing lineup by Bilic come Monday.
Bilic also has the curious case of Ahmed Hegazi to deal with.
The Egyptian poses his manager all sorts of problems now that he’s back fit and up to speed with proceedings.
More so as Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi have been performing well in his absence, and Hegazi doesn’t look as if he possesses enough skill to topple them.
For now, the 28-year-old will have to bide his time and watch on from the sidelines as his team cruises to another win on the road.
Stoke City vs West Brom Betting Tips
The odds being shared around by the betting tipsters reflect our Stoke City vs West Brom predictions.
As projected, Stoke are still very much operating as 2/1 underdogs in our Stoke City vs West Brom match bets.
Meanwhile, the Baggies are in the lead with both the betting markets and domestic proceedings – 23/10 is the call for a win.
Any chances of the points being shared play out as a 7/5 forecast. Yet, given the talent and skill that the visitors possess, the probability of another victory – and indeed another defeat for Jones and co – seem as if they’ll come to fruition this Monday.