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23/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

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In a sentence: Two struggling teams in desperate need of Premier League points will clash at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Last time: The pair played out a 1-1 draw when they locked horns at the Hawthorns earlier this season. Jay Rodriguez sent West Bromwich Albion ahead in the 61st minute before Peter Crouch levelled the scores for Stoke City 13 minutes from time.

This time: Stoke City are 11/10 to triumph this weekend with West Brom at 13/5 and the draw available at 21/10.

You might remember: The first ever Premier League clash between these two teams took place in November 2008. It was Mamady Sidibe that scored the only goal of the match for Stoke, and the Potters will be desperate for a similar result this weekend.

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West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon

Just two points separate 17th-placed Stoke from 19th-placed West Brom in the Premier League table. The Potters have lost five of their last six in the Premier League to drop towards the bottom three, while West Brom are incredibly without a win in the top flight since August 18. It is a game that neither manager dare lose at this stage of the season, which makes it one of the most important matches of the weekend.

Stoke are 11/10 to collect all three points as they look to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats. Mark Hughes’ side lost 3-0 at home to West Ham at the weekend, and they have not actually beaten West Brom in the top flight since December 2014, which is a worrying statistic ahead of the match.

West Brom are 13/5 as they go in search of their first Premier League victory since the second weekend of the campaign. The Baggies did pick up a point away to Liverpool in their last away game, however, before running Man United close at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon. Albion are also unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches with Stoke – winning four of those fixtures.

The draw is 21/10 and it is worth noting that West Brom have shared the points in four of their last six Premier League matches. There is no question that Alan Pardew has made the Baggies tougher to beat since arriving at the Hawthorns, while Stoke’s own problems could contribute to a low-scoring draw this weekend.

Xherdan Shaqiri is 7/1 to open the scoring this weekend. The Swiss international has struggled for consistency in the Premier League, but there is no doubt that he has the qualities to cause West Brom problems at the Bet365 Stadium. Shaqiri can also be backed at 20/1 to score two or more.

Salomon Rondon is 13/2 in the first goalscorer market. The striker showed bits and pieces for West Brom against Man United at the weekend, and might well enjoy himself against a poor Stoke defence. The 28-year-old is 13/5, meanwhile, to be on the scoresheet at any point during the 90 minutes this weekend.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The half time/full time market is good value. It is 4/1 for draw/draw to occur this weekend, and when considering how both teams have performed in recent matches, it seems unlikely that either will run away with the contest.

 

2

We fancy:

The 1-1 draw can be backed at 11/2. It might well be a cagey affair as both teams attempt to avoid what would be a very damaging defeat and a low-scoring draw does appear a likely outcome at the Bet365 Stadium.

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

West Brom to win 2-0 can be backed at 18/1. Stoke are on a downward spiral, but the Baggies have shown improvement since Pardew’s introduction. Albion came close to winning at Anfield in their last away match and will fancy their chances of causing Stoke some problems this weekend.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.