Picking the Best Potential Stoke Lineup to Face West Brom on Saturday

​Stoke City host West Brom on Saturday, and anything less than a win might just cost manager Mark Hughes his job.


Having lost five of their last six matches, improvement (and goals) are both needed, fast.


Here's the potential lineup for ​Stoke to face West Brom on Saturday:

Goalkeeper

  • Butland
    Butland1

​No real competition here. England's best goalkeeper and a shoo-in for inclusion.

Defence

  • Cameron
    Cameron20
  • Shawcross
    Shawcross17
  • Wimmer
    Wimmer 5
  • Tymon
    Tymon12

​Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters are both doubts for Saturday's game, so to be safe, Hughes may return to four at the back, after his decision to play three defenders against ​West Ham backfired. 


Should Pieters not return, expect Josh Tymon to fill in at left-back. Regardless of Glen Johnson's return, Geoff Cameron should play right-back.

Midfield

  • Choupo-Moting
    Choupo-Moting10
  • Fletcher
    Fletcher24
  • Shaqiri
    Shaqiri22
  • Allen
    Allen4
  • Sobhi
    Sobhi32

​Hughes will likely have a 4-4-1-1 formation on Saturday, so expect Xherdan Shaqiri to play a lot further forward, while Joe Allen and Darren Fletcher sit back and do their best to keep the ball away from the back four. 


Eric Choupo-Moting and Ramadan Sobhi will add the pace on the wings needed to get the ball forward. 

Forwards

  • Diouf
    Diouf18

​While some will look at Peter Crouch's superior goals to minutes ratio this season, Mame Biram Diouf will probably be Hughes' choice as the lone striker. 


If ​West Brom score first, expect Crouch to be thrown on early in the second half.

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