Gary Rowett to make 5 changes – Strongest 4-4-1-1 Stoke City XI to face West Brom

Predicted Stoke City line-up to face West Bromwich Albion in the Championship

Stoke City will be overjoyed after picking up a much-needed win against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup. The Potters ran out 2-0 victors on the night at the Bet365 Stadium and will be hoping to carry on their momentum when they travel to the Hawthorns this weekend.

It will certainly prove to be an enticing fixture with two former Premier League clubs coming face to face once again. Gary Rowett’s men will be aiming to make it three wins in a row for the first time this season.

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Gary Rowett will be boosted by the return of Ashley Williams after suspension.

Probable Stoke City XI

Manager: Gary Rowett

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Jack Butland (GK)

Butland will return in goal for this game with an in-form Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson Kanu on the prowl.

Moritz Bauer (RB)

The Austrian should start at right-back against the Baggies. His marauding runs will prove fruitful for the Potters going forward.

Ryan Shawcross (CB)

Shawcross still remains their leader and the most influential man on the pitch. He will once again lead the Potters from the back.

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross

Ashley Williams (CB)

Williams looked solid after returning to the fold in the league cup game. The loanee should be partnered alongside Shawcross in this game.

Erik Pieters (LB)

Pieters has been defensively impressive down the left flank. The Dutchman should be deployed in his favoured role once again.

Mame Biram Diouf (RM)

The Senegalese has impressed after being shifted to the right-hand side of the midfield. He is capable of threatening the Baggies’ defence with his bullish runs on the ball.

Joe Allen (RCM)

Allen is an able distributor in the middle of the park for Stoke. He should return to the line-up this game.

Joe Allen

Peter Etebo (LCM)

Etebo hasn’t found his feet yet but will be vital when supporting the defence.

James McClean (LM)

The former West Bromwich Albion player would love to get a goal against his old club. McClean picked up his first goal in the game against Hull City and will be aiming to find the net once again.

Bojan (CAM)

Bojan’s silky ability on the ball is bound to cause all sorts of problems. He will also be their main source of supply, sitting just behind the striker.

Read more: Enough is enough: Stoke City must offload this out-of-favour £18.3m signing before the European window shuts

Benik Afobe (ST)

The Congo international has already scored two goals for the season. He is their best option to lead the line against West Brom.

Written by Sebastian Jacob

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