Stoke City will host West Bromwich Albion at the bet365 Stadium in matchday 11 of the EFL Championship. Both the teams have made a good start to the season with the Potters standing fifth on the table while the Baggies leading on top.
Can the Baggies continue their brilliant form or will the Potters cover up the points and move closer to their opponents on the table?
After starting the new season on a consistent note, Stoke City will face the table-toppers this weekend. With two wins, two draws and one loss, the Potters have shown stability this season. Michael O’Neill will be looking forward to solidifying their position before going into the international break. The hosts will be without Joe Allen and Morgan Fox, who have been ruled out through injuries. While Potters’ last match hero Nick Powell will be looking forward to scoring another one for his team.
Stoke City took double the shots compared to Preston North End and hit the target eight times. They took plenty of their shots from inside the box and Nick Powell scored his fifth-minute goal from one of these shots.
The Potters took 18 shots in their previous game and clearly dominated over their opponents in the xG metric with a total xG of 1.24 as compared to Preston’s 0.42. The Potters have shown improvement in terms of their gameplay. They are looking more solid at the centre, they completed a lot of passes in the midfield and attacking third against Preston.
Stoke City are fifth in the league in terms of shots on target and shots on target per 90. They have been successful in creating a decent number of shots in the games, however they have been unable to convert a few close chances in the previous games.
The table leaders will be looking forward to grabbing their third win and keeping up with their unbeaten run. The Baggies won comfortably against Cardiff City win an easy 4-0 win. The team has been performing well under Valerien Ismael. In the previous game, the Baggies played a more patient passing game as compared to their original gameplay. The Baggies will play without Dara O’Shea, Kenneth Zohore, Matthew Clarke and Rayhaan Tulloch who are currently recovering from injuries.
The xG timeline from the previous game shows how dominant the Baggies were, with two goals coming from Mowatt and Matt Phillips in the second half.
The Baggies are second in the league table in terms of goals and goals per 90. They have scored a total of 20 goals so far and are looking fierce under the leadership of Valerien Ismael. They have been successful in dominating their opponent while creating high xT throughout their matches.
Stoke City (3-4-2-1): Josef Bursik; Ben Wilmot, Harry Souttar, Leo Ostigard; Josh Tymon, Mario Vranic, Alfie Doughty, Romaine Sawyers; Tom Ince, Nick Powell; Jacob Brown
West Brom Predicted: (3-4-3): Sam Johnstone; Conor Townsend, Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi; Adam Reach, Alex Mowatt, Jake Livermore, Darnell Furlong; Callum Robinson, Matt Phillips, Karlan Grant
While the Baggies are in impressive form, Stoke City have been stirring at home this season. This one seems to be a draw with both teams scoring one goal each.