West Brom v Stoke City team news & stats

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 12:37

Mame Diouf: Stoke City striker has good record against West Brom

Tony Pulis will hope to continue his strong record against his former club when West Brom host Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Team news

West Brom will check on the fitness of Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe ahead of the game after the pair limped off during Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United with hamstring strains.

Salomon Rondon and James McClean serve the final games of their three-match suspensions, while Ben Foster remains out with the knee injury he suffered in March.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, has no new injury problems but may opt to make changes to his side after naming the same starting XI for the wins over Manchester United and Everton.

Marc Muniesa and Stephen Ireland are nearing returns from hamstring injuries but will not be involved at The Hawthorns.

Opta stats

  • Tony Pulis has only ever been on the losing side once in this fixture. His record as Stoke City boss was W5 D2 L1 and as West Brom manager W2 D0 L0.
  • Stoke City won seven and lost just one of their 11 Premier League meetings with West Brom before Pulis took over at The Hawthorns.
  • Mame Biram Diouf has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against West Brom.
  • There have been just 20 goals in the 13 Premier League games between Stoke and West Brom and just eight in the last seven encounters.
  • Mark Hughes has a significantly better win ratio in the Premier League as Stoke City manager (37.9%) than Pulis managed with the Potters (29.5%).
  • Under Pulis in the Premier League, Stoke averaged 186 successful passes per game and a passing accuracy of 66%. Hughes’ Stoke tenure has seen the Potters average 316 successful passes per game and complete 78% of passes.
  • Marko Arnautovic has scored seven Premier League goals in 18 appearances this season, two more goals than he managed in his previous two seasons at the club combined (five goals in 59 apps).
  • Arnautovic has now had a hand in five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Stoke (four goals, one assist).
  • West Brom have scored a league-high nine headed goals in the Premier League so far in 2015-16.
  • Stoke are the only side yet to score a Premier League goal from a corner situation this season.

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