This is partly because there’s an urban myth that Stoke are ridiculously strong at home, whereas the truth is that Tony Pulis’ side are no better than Fulham on their own patch. However, they are the bogey team of West Brom and perhaps that does count for something.
City managed a very fortunate 1-0 win at The Hawthorns in August thanks to a Ryan Shotton freak goal and they are 10/11 (bet365 free bet) to complete a Premier League double over the Albion, with the same player due to return from injury this weekend.
Stoke were good value for their point at Anfield last weekend which saw the Staffordshire team restrict Liverpool to just a handful of chances. However, it’s not been as easy for the Potters when they have to take the attacking initiative, something that home draws with Wigan and Aston Villa will testify.
Peter Crouch and Jon Walters didn’t get much of a sniff last time out, although they are the likely scorers for the home side in this encounter and the former can be backed at 11/2 (Bet Victor free bet) to break the deadlock.
West Brom are in danger of becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap after another home defeat, this time at the hands of Norwich. It’s never a wise idea to let your away form keep you propped up, although they are 10/3 (Blue Square bookmaker) to finally end the hoodoo and win this Midlands derby.