Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 5/6 @ 888sport
Two sides who find themselves battling it out at the top of the Championship table, Stoke will welcome West Brom to the Bet365 Stadium on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, after putting in what was a dominant display away at Preston in midweek, there is no doubt that Stoke would have been disappointed to have had to settle for a 1-1 draw. However, while Michael O’Neill might be hoping for his side to find some stability, they have continued to impress many across the Championship this season. Firmly battling it out in the play-off chase and still boosted by an impressive 3-1 EFL Cup victory against Premier League outfit Watford earlier in the month, the mood in the Potters’ camp should be at a high. Largely managing to bounce back from their shock 2-1 defeat at Derby, the former Northern Ireland boss has seen his side really impress on home soil. Remarkably, Stoke are unbeaten in all seven of their competitive games at the Bet365 Stadium, recording six wins.
As for the visitors, enduring what was a frustrating run of three consecutive draws when returning from the international break, West Brom have managed to bounce back. With many tipping the Baggies as a leading pick to land an immediate Premier League return this season, Valérien Ismaël’s side really laid down a marker earlier in the week. Finding a way to build off of their 2-1 victory against play-off contenders QPR last weekend, the former Barnsley boss saw his side land a thumping 4-0 romp away at Cardiff in midweek. With Karlan Grant enjoying his own recent purple patch and bagging three goals in back-to-back Championship matchups, don’t be surprised to see chances at both ends of the pitch on Friday night.
Bet: Both teams to score at Stoke vs West Brom 5/6 for Friday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport
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