West Bromwich Albion Preview vs Stoke City

Saturday 1st September, The Hawthorns, 3PM.

Two of last season’s relegated sides, West Brom and Stoke City go head-to-head at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Both teams will be looking for a victory after mixed starts to life back in the Championship.

Albion go into the game looking to recover from their heartbreak last Friday as they fell to a late defeat away at Middlesbrough.

Despite being early season favourites, the big-spending Potters have struggled, only winning one of their opening five games.

Both sides however, did progress through their to the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, with The Baggies defeating League Two’s Mansfield 2-1, with the visitors knocking out Premier League Huddersfield Town.

Team News:

West Brom:

Albion boss Darren Moore made 10 changes in the week. However, he is more than likely to return to a similar side which took to the field at The Riverside last Friday.

The only change could see Craig Dawson get his first league start of the season in place of Tosin Adarabioyo.

Belgium international Nacer Chadli will more than likely be unavailable as he tries to maneuver his way out of the West Midlands ahead of Friday’s European transfer deadline.

Stoke City:

Potters new signing Ryan Woods could be set to make his debut for Stoke on Saturday.

Former Albion players James McClean and Saido Berahino could start at The Hawthrons with former Baggies captain Darren Fletcher taking a place on the bench.

Prediction:

It is already a huge games for both sides as they look to gain early season form to propel themselves to the play-off places. With Albion’s strong home win against QPR, I believe the Baggies will just have enough and edge a 1-0 victory with Dwight Gayle getting the winner.

Boing Boing.

Picture Credit: West Brom

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