Stoke v West Brom preview
Tony Pulis will hope his Stoke side can claim a league double over West Brom as they try and preserve their hoodoo over them.
Last Updated: 20/01/12 4:14pm
Tony Pulis will hope he can lead his Stoke side to a league double over West Brom as they try and preserve their hoodoo over them.
The Potters have lost to their Midlands rivals just once in 28 league games since 1988 in what is an incredible record.
Ryan Shotton's late goal was the difference between the two teams at the Hawthorns in August, but the Baggies will be pumped up to reclaim some local pride.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last five games, are through to the FA Cup fourth round and also have a glamour tie against Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League next month.
Roy Hodgson's side are without a win in the Premier League this year and have lost their last three league games.
The Baggies chief revealed Fulham tried to take last season's top scorer Peter Odemwingie on loan but that offer was flatly rejected by the club.
Odemwingie has failed to failed to replicate that form in this campaign but Hodgson remains keen to keep his services.
Pulis could be deprived of Shotton - the match-winner in the previous game - with a foot injury. He missed last weekend's draw with Liverpool at Anfield but started running on Wednesday.
Rory Delap will be assessed before the game as he has been suffering with cramp of late and the Potters are still without long-term injury victim Mamady Sidibe.
For Hodgson, his team news is quite mixed as he tries to increase the Baggies' five-point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone.
Defender Jonas Olsson is expected to be back after he injured his calf in training on New Year's Eve. There are doubts, however, over Paul Scharner who is struggling to overcome an Achilles problem.
He could be replaced in the team by either Graham Dorrans or George Thorne.
Chris Brunt (fractured ankle), Zoltan Gera (knee) and Steven Reid (ankle and knee) all remain long-term absentees.
Stoke: Sorensen, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.
West Brom: Foster, Jara, Olsson, Dawson, Shorey, Morrison, Thorne, Mulumbu, Thomas, Odemwingie, Cox.