Friday, 21 November 2008

Stoke v West Brom Premiership Preview: Lawrence Still Out For Potters – Barnett Back In Contention For Baggies

Stoke City play, Tony Mowbray’s West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Potters manager Tony Pulis will go into the clash with West Brom full of confidence, despite being thrashed 5-0 by Premier League Champions Manchester United last weekend. Stoke might be just a point off the relegation zone, but have proved hard to beat in the Premiership at the Britannia, with wins against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Aston Villa already this season.

The Baggies know that they have to start picking up points in the Premiership quickly if they are to survive and have only one point to show for their last six games in the Premiership. A run in which they have only scored three times and conceded 17, which sees West Brom rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Pulis is still unable to call on Liam Lawrence (ankle) and Andrew Davies (knee), who are both still a week away from fitness, but otherwise has a full squad to choose from for the visit of the Baggies to the Britannia.

West Brom will be missing Kim Do-Heon and Neil Clement, who both have knee injuries, but could welcome back Leon Barnett for the clash with the Potters if the defender shakes off a knee injury in time for this must win game.

Stoke City: (from) Sorensen, Griffin, Higginbotham, Olofinjana, Cort, Whelan, Soares, Cresswell, Fuller, Sidibe, Kitson, Pugh, Pericard, Matteo, Shawcross, Diao, A Faye, Tonge, Delap, A Diagne-Faye, Phillips, Simonsen, Wilkinson, Dickinson, Sonko

West Bromwich Albion: (from) Carson, Hoefkens, Robinson, Cech, Barnett, Koren, Greening, Bednar, Miller, Brunt, MacDonald, Moore, Dorrans, Pele, Kiely, Teixeira, Slusarski, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Morrison, Valero, Donk

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