West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City - 20/01/2020 Preview

West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City should be one of the most thrilling 28th Round Championship matches, which will be held at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich. Two very interesting squads, but with very different fates will meet in the fight for 3 very important points. While Stoke tries to save their place in Championship, West Brom holds the 1st place and is one of the favourites to qualify into Premier League. In the last 5 meetings, hosts won 3 times, while Stoke took a win only once. Moreover, West Brom took 3 wins in last 3 matches against Stoke City. Read our thoughts about this interesting English Championship matches here below and get best betting advice.

West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies were very close to qualifying into Premier League last year but lost to Aston Villa in Semi-final. This season we see how they are motivated to be among the top 20 English clubs. During this Championship season, they lost only twice to Middlesbrough and Leeds, which is also among favourites to fight for the highest place in the league and stands already at 2nd place right after the Albion. The last run looks weaker for hosts as they drew 5 out of 7 last Championship matches and even surprisingly lost to Middlesbrough. They play very solid football almost in all positions and now leads by scoring goals. Unfortunately have troubles in defence and are far from their best form in the backline. Almost all important players are ready to face guest from Stoke so here they must take important point to save the leading place.

Stoke City

The Potters were on the edge of relegation already last season with Nathan Jones. This season is also very unsuccessful for them. However, the team have very talented strong and experienced players like Jack Butland, Joe Allen, Tom Ince, Bruno Martins Indi, Sam Vokes and Ryan Shawcross. Almost all of them even have experience in their national teams. Most of them were close to signing contracts with much stronger clubs in Premier League. So maybe this is lack of motivation or just self-doubt after relegation to Championship. At the moment Stoke stands at 21st place and have only 1 point different with Barnsley which is in the relegation zone. With such players, the team could be much higher than they are now. So we expect that Michael O’Neill will find the right words to bring this team to new heights.

 

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