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    23/12/2017 Kick Off:  3:00 pm bet365 Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 1

    Away West Brom

      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.

      Team News

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      Stoke's Last Six:

        Stoke’s last six: Won 1 Drawn: 0 Lost: 5

        Saido Berahino and Charlie Adam are among those that will be hoping to come into the XI after appearing off the bench against West Ham United last time out.

        Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting should also start for the struggling hosts, but Kurt Zouma, Glen Johnson and Bruno Martins Indi are still on the sidelines.

        West Brom's Last Six:

          West Brom’s last six: Won 0 Drawn 4 Lost: 2

          Gareth Barry is expected to return to West Brom’s starting XI after coming off the bench to score against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

          Hal Robson-Kanu for Oliver Burke is another change that is expected to be made, but the same back five that started against Liverpool and Man United should continue.

          Stoke vs West Brom Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          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.

          Predicted Score: Stoke 1 - 1 West Brom

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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.