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3 things we expect to see in the Stoke v West Brom match today



Stoke City host West Brom today in a tie where both sides are in need of a win. 

The home side enter the game on the back of a poor run where Nathan Jones has failed to overturn the Potters fortunes. 

He has tried a number of things, including 5 at the back, 4-4-2 and a diamond formation, but none have really worked. 

As for the away side, West Brom enter the game on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Middlesbrough last Saturday. 

The Baggies led going into the last ten or so minutes of that game, but their ex-manager Tony Pulis managed to come out with all three points. 

The game today promises to be a game of excitement, with both teams going for the win. 

Here, we look at three things we expect to see in the big match later today…

Big hitters to return for West Brom

After Darren Moore opted to rest many of his star man for the FA Cup replay against Brighton on Wednesday night, we’d expect his big hitters to return. 

The likes of Sam Johnstone, Ahmed Hegazi, Kieran Gibbs, Gareth Barry and Dwight Gayle are all set to return to the starting eleven after a rest midweek. 

Dwight Gayle to continue goalscoring form

Dwight Gayle has been in excellent form of late and has been scoring for fun in 2019 so far, playing in a slightly different position to that he played in the first months of the season. 

The striker will have his eyes on a leaky Stoke City defence and will be hoping to continue his bane of form. 

Stoke continue with diamond formation 

Nathan Jones implemented a diamond formation for his last game or so, with James McClean playing an auxiliary role as a striker.

This gives Stoke a lot of numbers in the middle, allowing them to dominate possession better, but it also has its downfalls.

Nevertheless, we’d expect Jones to stick with this formation as he looks for a rare win as Stoke boss. 

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