Premier League: West Brom v Stoke match preview

A look ahead to this Sunday's Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns

With the season coming to an end all credit went to Tony Pulis for keeping Crystal Palace up, but Stoke's Mark Hughes's mid-table place in his first season at the Britannia Stadium deserves some flattering acknowledgment.

West Brom can still be relegated with some margin for error. Having won only four games at The Hawthorns ambitions will run high throughout the home team this Sunday. The starting line-up for the match will sport the return of Liam Ridgewell having missed the last three games due to a knee injury in the defeat at Manchester City. He's back after a week of training.

Stoke's on-loan Liverpool forward Oussama Assaidi is likely to miss the game at The Hawthorns.After scoring in the 4-1 defeat against Fulham, Assaidi revived the knee injury that saw him out of action in February. Captain Ryan Shawcross returns from suspension and striker Peter Odemwingie will play against his old team mates he controversially parted from last year. Albion's Morgan Amalfitano could make an appearance after a midweek rest during the loss at Sunderland. Billy Jones, Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid will sit out.

Kick Off: Sunday, 3pm

Past Three Meetings:

Stoke 0 West Brom 0, Premier League, October 2013

Stoke 0 West Brom 0, Premier League, March 2013

West Brom 0 Stoke 1, Premier League, December 2012

Stats:

West Brom have won 29 times out of 64 meets with Stoke and drawn 12 times.

West Brom have won just 1 of their last 14 games against Stoke and lost 5 of their last 6 meetings at the Hawthorns.

Stoke have never won on the final day of the Premier League season, drawing two and losing three.

Stoke just need 1 point to secure a club record Premier League points tally.

There have been just 13 goals scored in the nine Premier League meetings between these two sides.

Odds:

West Brom to win: 11.10

Draw: 5.2

Stoke to win: 11.4

TV: Highlights on BBC1, Match of the Day - 10.25pm

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