West Brom vs Stoke – Sunday 27th August 2017 – 13:30 - Sky Sports Football
West Brom are 13/10 with Jay Rodriguez at 9/2 to score first.
West Brom face Stoke at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, in the first of the live television offerings.
The Baggies come into this match in good form, after beating Accrington Stanley 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.
Salomon Rondon (11) put West Brom ahead early on, with the forward heading powerfully into the bottom corner.
Matt Phillips made it 2-0 just twenty minutes later (31), with the Rondon releasing Phillips to clinically slot past the keeper.
Jay Rodriguez ended the tie just after the hour mark (64), scoring his first goal for the Baggies.
Tough Follow Up
It will be a tough season for Tony Pulis, especially after the club over achieved in last seasons Premier League.
They do come into this match with a 100% percent record, winning their opening three matches.
That is an excellent achievement from Pulis' side, they will be looking to continue that streak heading into the international break.
West Brom have just completed the signing of Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig, another attacking option for Pulis.
West Brom come into this match as favourites, with home advantage decisive for the bookies.
Tony Pulis' men will be looking to turn over his old side, especially with Saido Berahino in the ranks.
The Baggies will be looking to make it five wins in six matches against the Potters.
The Potters come into this match on the back of a 4-0 win against Rochdale, an impressive result for Mark Hughes' side.
Joe Allen scored a first half double for the hosts (16, 42), giving Stoke an excellent first half margin.
Peter Crouch scored in between the Joe Allen efforts (29), with Stoke running rampant at home.
Ramadan Sobhi Ahmed completed the scoring for Stoke (80), the Potters completing the perfect performance.
Given their poor performances in the cups last year this is a marked improvement for the Potters.
Stoke had a tough campaign last season, finishing outside the top ten for the first time under Mark Hughes.
In Everton and Arsenal they have had a tough run of opening fixtures, they will be delighted to have beaten Arsenal though.
Jese Rodriguez made his debut and scored the winner, a perfect start to life in the Premier League for the former Barcelona and PSG man.
More importantly for Hughes, it was also a clean sheet and given the goal exploits in midweek his side are in excellent form.
Mark Hughes' side come into this match as underdogs, despite an excellent run of results this week.
This will be a tough match for Stoke, with the Baggies a tough proposition at the Hawthorns.
Stoke will be looking to make it a first win in five matches against West Brom.
Stoke are 23/10 with Peter Crouch and Eric Choupo Moting at 7/1 to open the scoring.
Tip 1 – Berahino to score first @ 7/1
Tip 2 – West Brom to win 2-1 @ 9/1