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West Brom v Stoke City: Match preview

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Stoke City make the short trip to West Brom on the final day of this season knowing that if they avoid a defeat this will officially be their most successful Premier League season to date.

Mark Hughes' side have already equalled their highest points tally in the division and can only be caught and denied a place in the top ten by Crystal Palace if they score seven or more goals away at already relegated Fulham. 

Meanwhile it seems Pepe Mel's side will remain in the Premier League next season because of their superior goal difference, Norwich are still three points adrift of the Baggies but their goal difference means that they will live to fight another day. 

This is also a huge relief for West Brom because Stoke travel to The Hawthorns knowing they have a 100% record there in the Premier League.

Team News

Mark Hughes has a fully fit side and should name an unchanged XI after their rampant display at home to Fulham last week.

Pepe Mel could have Jonas Olsson back in his starting line-up after he recovered from a recurring Achilles problem. But Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid are major doubts.

Stats

With 10 wins and six draws Stoke City would finish 6th if only the home games are counted this season. Whilst they would be relegated if only the away games were considered.

West Bromwich have won just one of its last five home games scoring eight goals and conceding 10.

West Brom have scored 22 of their 42 goals in either the first 15 or the final 15 minutes this season.

While Stoke City have scored most of their goals (12) just before halftime (31-45) and conceded a major chunk of goals (13) at the start of 2nd half (45-60).

Prediction

Stoke are on a roll as of late and a win her will take them up to 50 points for the first time and with that hanging over them the Stoke players will fight, whereas West Brom have already guaranteed safety and only have pride to play for here.

West Brom 0-3 Stoke 

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