The Baggies take on the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
Tony Pulis, after this week’s sacking of his Reading counterpart Brian McDermott, is feeling sensitive to the plight of the Premier League manager. “It’s a very fickle world where there’s not a lot of common sense used. But it’s a world that we live in and a world we have to work in,” he said. Pulis’s side have lost their last three games. Nine points separate Stoke from the relegation zone so a win against the normally obliging West Bromwich Albion would help appease fans who feel Pulis should be the next head to roll.
Venue Britannia Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Stoke 1 West Brom 2
Referee M Dean
This season’s matches 19 Y68, R3, 3.74 cards per game
Subs from Sorensen, Whitehead, Palacios, Shotton, Adam, Crouch, Shea, Owen, Ness
Doubtful Etherington (back), Jerome (knee)
Suspended Huth (3/3)
Form guide LLLWLD
Disciplinary record Y58 R3
Leading scorer Walters 6
Subs from Myhill, Reid, Tamas, Popov, Rosenberg, Fortune, Odemwingie, Thomas, Long, Nabi, Brown, Allan, Hurst, Daniels
Doubtful Long (ankle), Reid (groin)
Injured Thorne (knee, Sep), Gera (knee, Oct)
Form guide WLWWLL
Disciplinary record Y50 R2
Leading scorer Lukaku 13
West Brom won this fixture 2-1 last season, with Graham Dorrans scoring a last-minute winner for the Baggies.
The home side has failed to win any of the last six Premier League meetings, losing five times.
These two clubs first met before the Football League was created, with West Brom winning 4-1 in the FA Cup fifth round in 1888.
Stoke have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games, including their last three. They have won just one of their last 10 in the league and have the worst Premier League record in 2013, picking up four points from nine matches.
Only bottom-of-the-table QPR (24) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Stoke (27) this season.
Stoke have failed to score in 12 league matches this season, more than any other club in the division. Only one of their goals has come from outside of the penalty box.
Only four teams have conceded fewer than Stoke’s 35 goals in this season’s Premier League, but the Potters have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 league matches.
Peter Crouch has only scored once since September.
West Brom have 43 points from 29 matches this season – their best record at this stage of a top-flight season since they had the equivalent of 51 points in 1980-81.
They have lost four of their last five away matches in the league.
The Baggies earned 21 points from their first 14 away games last season; in this campaign, they have earned 14 from 14.
Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances. He is the top-scoring teenager in a single Premier League season since Michael Owen scored 18 for Liverpool in 1998-99.
The Baggies are the only Premier League team yet to have an English goalscorer this season. The last Englishman to score for the club in the league was Liam Ridgewell, in the 3-0 home win over Blackburn in April 2012.
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