[14th-Mar-15] Match Preview: West Brom - Stoke (11:00 - NBC Extra Time)
Star striker Saido Berahino will join Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe on the list of game-time decisions while Callum McManaman is still out due to injury for West Brom. Stoke's Ryan Shawcross will be fit once again, returning from a back injury while Stephen Ireland is likely to miss the game.
West Brom are 1-3-7 against Stoke in their last 11 games, dropping all 5 at home to the Potters and the Baggies are without a win at home to Stoke since 2003. West Brom are 3-0-1 at home since Tony Pulis took charge of the club in January and they have 5 clean sheets in 6 league and cup games at The Hawthrones under Pulis. West Brom's 11 clean sheets on the season is also only bested by Southampton and Chelsea, both of whom have 13.
Stoke have only lost 3 of their last 14 matches, the three losses being against the top three in the league (Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal). Stoke are going for their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League, something only once previously managed by the Potters in 2011. Striker Peter Crouch's current 45 all time Premier League headed goals is tied for the most in the league's history.
Stoke are a much better organized side and if Berahino doesn't play it will be very tough for West Brom. I expect Stoke to be the better side all around.