Stoke City vs WBA







West Brom have shown a very stable performance from the beginning of the season to the present.  In addition to losing to a very strong team, Leeds United, West Brom are unbeaten in the remaining 13 rounds, including 7 victories.  They have overcome very nasty opponents like Blackburn, Reading or Fulham to get to the top.  Currently, the army of Coach Slaven Bilić is 3rd with a distance of 1 point compared to the two teams above, but there is still 1 match yet.  Therefore, the trip to Stoke City's yard in this round is very important to them.

In terms of form, West Brom quickly stood up after a 1-0 defeat against Leeds with 4 consecutive unbeaten matches including 2 wins and 2 draws, leading the tournament.  Meeting Stoke City still struggling in the relegation battle will be a better opportunity for the visitors to maintain their top spot.  West Brom still plays well despite being away from home.  They won 3, drew 2 and lost only 1 of the last 6 marches.  The pressure to win to maintain the top will turn into motivation and determination to help them do well in this match.

The home team Stoke City is in a completely opposite situation.  This team is ranked bottom of the table with only 8 points won after 14 rounds.  Obviously, this team is in serious decline.  No one thought that the name that used to be a regular in the English Premier could be so pathetic when it came to the First Division.  In the last 6 rounds, Stoke City has lost up to 4 matches, including the last 2 rounds.  With the current weak face, Stoke City can only set the goal of relegation, the dream of returning to the Premier League has become too far away.

Stoke City and West Brom are the most different pair of matches in the 15th round of First Division in England.  In the 6 home games played since the beginning of the season, Stoke City won only 1, drew 1 and lost 5 matches.  This statistic shows that the pitch is not a fulcrum for Stoke.  Moreover, the home team was completely inferior to West Brom in previous meetings.  They have only surpassed West Brom twice in the past 10 meetings.  Obviously, there is not much hope for Stoke to come here to be able to keep even 1 point.  Trusting the away team in this football contract is a workable solution. 
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