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A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Peter Odemwingie (centre) will hope to make up for his recent sending off in his first game back for West Brom Photo: PA

West Bromwich vs QPR

Position: 6th


Odds: West Brom: 5/6, Draw: 11/4, QPR: 3/1

Injuries: Jones (knee), Brunt (hamstring), Myhill (thumb/wrist), Reid (hamstring)

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke will be looking for his side to continue their excellent start to the season when they welcome Queens Park Rangers to The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

West Brom have won all three home league games and picked up a crucial point against Midlands rivals Aston Villa last week.

The attention has been on Everton's excellent start to the season but West Brom have quietly kept up with the big boys and lie in 6th.

The Baggies' hitman Peter Odemwingie will make his return after his straight red card at Fulham but may find it difficult to replace in form strikers Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku who have been scoring regularly.

He’s champing at the bit to get back into the team and perhaps to make up for his sending-off, and give the lads back a little bit after he maybe let them down at Fulham.

– Kevin Keen, West Brom assistant manager
Peter Crouch has been in excellent form for Stoke this season Credit: PA

Liverpool v Stoke

Position: 12th


Odds: Liverpool: 4/9, Draw: 100/30, Stoke: 6/1

Injuries: None

After picking up their first league win of the season, Stoke will be hoping to capitalise on some tired legs at Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool faced Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday as they balance Europe with league games, a juggling act Stoke are all too familiar with after last year's adventures.

Stoke will be toasting the call-up of skipper Ryan Shawcross to the England squad, the defender receiving the perfect 25th birthday present with a place in Roy Hodgson's 25.

He’s gradually got better year after year with us, so this is just reward for the performances he has been putting in week, week out for this Club. We think the world of him at this Football Club. He’s still only young, but he’s captain of this Club and the other lads respect and look up to him.

– Tony Pulis, Stoke manager

Despite that, there will be questions over Peter Crouch's continued absence.

The giant striker has put in some huge recent performances including a winning brace in last weekend's 2-0 victory over Swansea.

Crouch has bagged five goals in his last five appearances and has overshadowed the arrival of Michael Owen to the club.

Darren Bent has cut a frustrated figure since being dropped to the bench Credit: PA

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Position: 15th


Odds: Tottenham: 4/9, Draw: 100/30, Aston Villa: 6/1

Injuries: Ireland (wrist), Gardner (ACL), Dunne (groin)

After a huge win over Man Utd last weekend, Spurs will prove a significant challenge for an Aston Villa side who are proving difficult to predict.

Life has started slowly for Paul Lambert at Villa Park with just one win in the league so far this season, despite the huge win at Man City in the Capital One Cup.

It is clear his revolution is still a work in progress.

The big talking point will be whether or not talisman Darren Bent will start the game.

Bent was dropped to the bench last week but came on to score a crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Bent's celebration showed his unhappiness at being dropped but Villa fans will hope he can convert that frustration to goals this season.

Ciaran Clark for one is enjoying the new competition for places. The Irishman has impressed while filling in for the injured Richard Dunne.

When you look at the squad now, no-one can take a place for granted at all. There's so much competition and you can see that every day in training. Everyone wants a place in the squad and that can always be good for Villa.

– Ciaran Clark, Aston Villa

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