Our match prediction:
Over the years Stoke City have established themselves into a real fortress. The Potters, though, have been playing below expectations in the new Premier League campaign and it has to be noted that they are on a four-game losing run in the national championship ahead of the visit of West Bromwich Albion. Stoke City are desperate to record their first win of the season and, no doubt, the hosts are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match against WBA. The Baggies proved their worth in a 4-2 win over West Ham United at the weekend, but seeing that Stoke want this win more than Tony Pulis’ team, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. The Potters are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the time has come for Mark Hughes’ team to start collecting points in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highligted Player (Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012. Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage. Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (West Bromwich Albion):
West Bromwich Albion Football Club (shortly West Brom or WBA) is an English football club which was founded in 1878 by employees of Salter’s Spring Works in West Bromwich (a small city in the region of West Midlands). West Bromwhich Albion hosts it’s home games in the Hawthorns stadium which holds a capacity of 26 500 seats.West Bromwich Albion is one of the founders of the English Football League and is currently for over 90 seasons active in the highest division. WBA managed to win the FA cup 5 times in their history and the English Premier League once.The club colours of West Bromwich Albion are blue and white. Known players in the history of West Bromwich are Bobby Robson, Nwankwo Kanu and Cyrille Regis.