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West Brom
vs.
Stoke City

The Hawthorns

07/04/07

3pm

Every game now is a 'must win' for the Potters as they attempt a late surge into the play-offs. After last week's 4-2 victory over Leicester at the Brit confidence remains high that the Potters can come away from The Hawthorns on Saturday with all three points.

Vital Quotes:

Tony Pulis is full of confidence that the Potters' reputation is starting to grow after this season's performance and that they will soon be regarded as serious challengers for a Premiership place. He told the official site: 'We're putting ourselves back on the map; we're up with the likes of West Brom and Derby who've had that little bit of success in recent times that we haven't, but we're creeping up on them'

West Brom Team News:

A torrid March for West Brom saw them get back on winning ways last week with Zoltan Gera scoring a last ditch winner at QPR. This time round Gera will be hoping for a starting place as Darren Carter is struggling with a groin injury.

Player to watch: Diomansy Kamara

Kamara is the Baggies' top scorer with 21 goals this season.

Stoke City Team News:

Salif Diao is still injured and Andy Griffin is serving the second of his three match ban. Darel Russell is struggling after having to come off in the last week's win with a hamstring injury but Lee Hendrie should be fully fit again after coming on for the last 15 minutes against the Foxes. But good news on the striker front for a change. With all three strikers (Fuller, Sidibe and Parkin) getting themselves on the score sheet last week together with Lawrence, there will be fierce competition to see who gets the nod to start.

Player to watch: Lee Hendrie

The home fans will be relishing a rare chance this season to have a go at one of the players from near neighbours, Aston Villa, but Hendrie feels that this will make him play all the harder. 'I don't really like the stick, but I'll deal with it - I always do,' the on-loan winger told the Sentinel.

'If anything, it gets me going and just makes me want to give even more for the team.'

Match Facts & Stats

The Hawthorns has been a relatively happy hunting ground for the Potters. They've come away with at least a point on 30 previous visits to the Hawthorns, taking all three in 18 of them, leaving the Baggies victorious in the other 32.

Next Fixtures:

Mon 9th April: Crystal Palace (home) kick-off: 3pm
Sat 14th April: Cardiff City (away) kick-off: 3pm
Sat 21st April: Hull City (home) kick-off: 3pm


Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Friday April 6 2007
Time: 5:04PM

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