West Brom have failed to beat Stoke on the past nine occasions that the teams have played each other, although Roy Hodgson will insist that records are there to be broken and the Albion manager will be encouraged by what he has seen from his team so far.
The Baggies only narrowly lost at home to Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season and were minutes away from a draw at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, with this match now representing a very real opportunity to get some points on the board.
The home side are an 11/10 chance (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory against a Stoke side that are unbeaten so far this campaign, with the Potters having held Chelsea in their opening game before a draw at Norwich last weekend.
Tony Pulis must refocus his squad after their 4-1 win over FC Thun on Thursday booked Stoke’s place in the Europa League group stages, although trips to The Hawthorns in recent years have yielded positive results for the visitors and 5/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) looks to be a big price about City on Sunday.
Perhaps another draw is on the cards, although Hodgson will hope that Shane Long can make the difference and the Republic of Ireland international has enjoyed a great start to life in the Premier League after scoring against the two title favourites.
Peter Odemwingie was the club’s top scorer last season and the Nigerian might be selected alongside Long, while Kenwyne Jones will be confident of more goals after his brace against Thun and Matthew Etherington will be back from suspension to try and cause a few problems.