With two successive wins on the bounce, can Stoke keep their momentum and carry on this form against West Brom?
That’s certainly what Stoke boss Gary Rowett will be hoping for, with two very positive performances against Hull and Huddersfield consecutively. It seems as though Rowett has finally found out who his best players are, including Etebo, Berahino and Martina into the team has been a huge success.
Etebo especially has been a huge impact since coming into the team, making Stoke fans wonder originally why he wasn’t in the first previously. His vision, technique and tremendous ball control have been a welcomed addition to the team.
With Fletcher and Allen being the main two midfielders previously, there wasn’t enough athleticism in the team, with ball retention also being a huge problem. Whereas Etebo’s composure and ability to play a forward pass have been a huge plus point.
As well as a drastic improvement in midfield, our defending has been fantastic in the last two games. Against Hull and Huddersfield, we’ve only allowed one shot on target in 180 minutes of football, not bad going at all. It’s the defensive performances Stoke fans expected when Rowett came in, as his reputation at previous clubs suggested. The return of Martins Indi and the introduction of Cuco Martina have been huge, with them both showing their Premier League class.
There’s no doubt that this will be a very tough fixture. West Brom’s last home fixture in The Championship was a 7-1 win, so they’ll have huge confidence of getting a positive result.
Even though it’s so early on in the season, I can see both teams going out and trying not to lose the game instead of winning it. Cancelling each other out.
West Brom 0-0 Stoke City
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