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Samir Nasri (Manchester City)

Stoke V Man City
Can the Citizens overturn some less than ideal form away at the Britannia where they have failed to win in their last five visits? Stoke are really finding wins hard to come by, but they have drawn their last three home matches in the Premier League against Man City, all by a 1-1 scoreline. So will that trend continue, or will City’s stars find a way through the stubborn Stoke side?

Stoke v Man City Betting Odds at online bookmaker BetFred:
Man City 8/11, Draw 11/4, Stoke 4/1

Verdict:
The stats suggest that this is going to be a pretty tough encounter for the defending Premier League Champions. City have not picked up a win there in their last five visits, but Stoke are pretty much the draw experts. They have drawn their last five competitive matches, including all three this season. In the Premier League Stoke have drawn their last four in a row now at the Britannia, and they are actually unbeaten in their last eight there. So that is how tough of an afternoon City will have. It is very tempting to ride the 1-1 Correct Scoreline as it is trending hot in this fixture, but City are the better side. It may be a long afternoon for City, so it could be worth looking at a Draw/Man City Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 7/2 at online bookmaker BetFred.

Stat Attack:
Stoke have lost just one of their last eleven home games against teams who finished in the previous season’s top six
Stoke have won three and lost none of the last eight league home matches
Carlos Tevez has netted four in six games against the Potters
Stoke have a (W1 D9 L4) record in their last fourteen Premier League matches
City are undefeated in their last nine league games

Head to Head:
After opening with wins on their first two visits to the Britannia, City have failed to record a victory in their last five there in the Premier League. City have drawn three and lost two of those five. Everything does equate though to just one win for Stoke against City in the last nine meetings in all competitions though. Stoke have managed to score exactly one goal in each of the last four home league matches against City.

Online bookmaker promotion:
Place a Correct Score bet on Man City v Stoke betting with online bookmaker BetFred and if the bet becomes a winner with a goal that is scored in added time, then the online betting site will double your Correct Score odds. So late drama can reward your Correct Score bets! In the market a 1-1 Draw is trading at a price of 13/2, matched up with a Man City 2-0 win. A Stoke 1-0 Correct Score is trading at a price of 11/1 with online bookmaker BetFred who offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The betting site will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet.

Stoke v Man City Betting Preview:
Will this be as tough of an afternoon for Man City as the stats are suggesting that it is going to be? They are clearly the better team, but no-one can grind out results and frustrate higher opponents better than Stoke. The Potters are finding wins hard to come by, but with nine draws in their last fourteen Premier League matches, you can see where their expertise lies. The Potters have recorded back to back draws this season and have drawn the last four in a row now, carrying over to the back end of last season. Stoke just frustrated sides so well through organisation and hard work. The Potters have allowed their opponents the joint-fewest amount of shots on target this season. That is the stubbornness that City are going to have to break down.

While Stoke may give a début to Michael Owen, City’s Argentinian star Sergio Aguero has reportedly been back in training after picking up an injury earlier in the season against Southampton. It is unclear whether he will be ready to face Stoke though. City have been doing things the difficult way this season, having Liverpool gift them a point, having to fight back against Southampton and taking a long time to get past QPR. Still, they have returned two wins and a draw in defence of their title, but they have to turn around indifferent form against Stoke to keep up their momentum. It could be a long afternoon for Mancini’s men.


September 14th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Aguero (Manchester City)

Online bookmaker Paddy Power have some good coverage for your football wagers on Saturday, for Stoke v Manchester City betting. The Citizens pulled themselves to back within one point of leaders Manchester United during midweek, with an important come-from-behind victory over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. That maintained City’s 100% record at home this season in the league, and kept them in the title hunt. Now they head off to face Stoke in tricky away match, and while Carlos Tevez made his return midweek, it is City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero who is the centre of attention in the Paddy Power Stoke v Man City Money Back Special. If Sergio Aguero scores the last goal of the game on Saturday, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. This provides some superb coverage and City many need some inspiration from their top scorer to get through this one.

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Stoke v Manchester City betting odds
Stoke to win: 21/4 at Bet Victor
Draw: 14/5 at SkyBet
Man City to win: 8/13 at Bet365

Well Tony Pulis’s Stoke City are just the kind of team that can throw a spanner into the works of a title run. After a bit of a sticky patch at home, usually where Stoke are very strong, they have rattled off back to back wins at the Britannia Stadium, with clean sheets to boot in both games. Granted, that has been the only two wins in the last nine Premier League matches for Stoke, so they are not exactly in tip top form. This is a tough run of league matches for Stoke, having now faced Chelsea, Spurs and Man City in a row. Stoke very nearly beat Tottenham in midweek, until Spurs popped up with a 90th minute equaliser, and it was probably a match that the Potters deserved to win overall. Stoke have been difficult to beat at home this season, losing just four matches at the Britannia. You know what you are going to get from Stoke, hard work with perhaps not a great amount of adventure. Stoke were comfortably ran over 3-0 by City earlier in the season, and the two sides met when Stoke were in form, having ran off four straight wins prior to that game. But Stoke are battlers and teams don’t like going to the Britannia Stadium, so Stoke v Manchester City betting should be an interesting affair.

If Sergio Aguero, who has seventeen league goals to his name, scores the last goal of the game, then Paddy Power will pay out lost stake refunds on losing First/Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets.

City can actually grab top spot back in the Premier League with a win on Saturday, as rivals United don’t play until Monday evening. So there is big incentive here, and that come back against Chelsea could just have been the extra spark of confidence that they needed. This is because they have endured a few rough games, exiting Europe and losing on their last away game in the Premier League. Man City were undone by a late Swansea winner the last time they travelled in the league, and as good as their home form has been, their away form has been very patchy. There has been three defeats in their last five away matches, all 1-0 losses, and you can stretch that run out and see that they have won just two away matches out of their last eight. Incidentally, both of their wins have been through a 1-0 scoreline, so a big trend in that scoreline in City’s away matches. Not great championship winning form at all away from home, certainly not when Manchester United are rattling off away win after away win.

TIP: All of City’s last five away matches have ended in a 1-0 scoreline (three defeats and two wins) so there is a major trend for your Stoke v Man City betting, especially with a Correct Score option at 6/1 on that at Paddy Power with the Money Back Special in place.

Time is running out now on the season, so City really can’t afford many more away slip ups. This is going to be a real test of their credentials, and the old adage of having to win ugly may well come into effect for Stoke v Man City betting. No doubt City have the goal scoring power to win, but they have been shaky on the road and some of their recent performances have been lacking that incredibly fluency they had at the start of the season. These are the types of matches that win or lose titles. Will the return of Carlos Tevez spark them into life and give them that edge they have been missing away from home? It is worth looking at Edin Dzeko because he has score nine of his thirteen goals away from home in the EPL.


March 23rd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) - Peter Crouch (Stoke)

Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting sees the Spaniards take a 1-0 advantage into the second leg, and for all live televised Europa League and Champions League matches this week, online bookmaker Coral have a good Money Back Special running for their punters. If there are five or more goals scored in any live televised Europa League or Champions League, then popular bookie Coral will refund any losing First Goalscorer, Correct Score, Last Goalscorer or Scorecast bets placed on the match in question. So this provides a nice bit of insurance through the Money Back Special, and for the Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting, you could for example dip into the First Goalscorer market where Roberto Soldado is 4/1 favourite to open the scoring, while Stoke’s strikers a down the list with Jon Walters and Peter Crouch out at 10/1. So these bets and any taken in the aforementioned markets are covered by the Coral Money Back Special, if there are five or more goals scored in the match. Online bookmaker Coral offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some nice free betting cash to get started with on your sports betting.

Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting odds
Valencia to win: 4/9 at Totesport
Draw: 7/2 at Bet Victor
Stoke to win: 8/1 at BetFair

Unlike the other two remaining English sides in the competition, Man Utd and Man City, Stoke have a lot of work to do. They failed to take advantage of playing at home in the first leg, with Jon Walters missing a couple of good chances, which resulted in Spaniards Valencia came to down and walked away with a 1-0 win. So now Potters boss Tony Pulis has to pull out something special for his troops as they need to find a way to break down the strong Spaniards. Their failure to produce in the first leg, could have been the result of a run of poor form in the Premier League, where they haven’t won for five matches. However, they did turn in an FA Cup win over Crawley Town (with ten men too) on the weekend, just for a boost of confidence. But stepping up the level again to face quality like Valencia away from home is going to be a tough call for Stoke. Stoke hadn’t lost at home in Europe for eight matches until last week, and that seems to have been their advantage lost. This is the first time that Stoke have been this far in European competition and try as they might, working as they could, the chances were few and far between against Valencia, and scoring goals has been a problem for Stoke of late. Now they need at least two if they are going to take this fixture. Of course a 1-0 win for them would force extra time and penalties out in Spain, but that isn’t ideal. Stoke will want this done and they will have to show a bit more creativity to get the job done. Stoke do have a bit of advantage when it comes to set plays, from which they are strong, and their physical direct style does contrast greatly to Valencia’s slick passing, so Stoke need a high tempo, passionate encounter in Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting if they are going to cause an upset. This tie is the first time that the two sides have come together, and is Stoke’s first encounter against Spanish opposition.

Valencia are the experienced side in the fixture and have faced English opponents 32 times before. At home, Valencia have ran off seven wins, five draws and three defeats, while overall against English opposition, their record reads nine wins, fifteen draws and eight defeats. Just to further highlight the missed opportunity by Stoke in the first leg, that was the first time in eight attempts that Valencia had scored a victory over and English side. At home in Europe, Valencia haven’t lost now in six matches, and haven’t lost in six straight European matches, period. With them sitting a comfortable third  in Spain’s La Liga with the dangerous Soldado the main man up front for them, they don’t give a lot away at the back, and that is that why they are strong favourites to win the second leg and progress through to the last sixteen of the Europa League at Stoke’s expense.


February 22nd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Europa League

Manchester United - Rooney & Scharner - Albion

Manchester United v Stoke betting will see the Red Devils trying to keep up the pressure on leaders Man City in the Premier League by not falling further behind. United need to pick up the pieces of seeing yet more silverware slip through their fingers as they crashed out of the FA Cup fourth round against Liverpool on the weekend. Now all that is left for Sir Alex Ferguson is the defence of the Premier League title and the Europa League, which probably won’t draw too great of an interest from the club. So, going into Tuesday’s round of matches trailing leaders Man City by three points, United will look to bank on their usually reliable home form for previous points. After the home slip up against struggling Blackburn at the end of December, United knocked out a win against Bolton at Old Trafford in mid January, restoring a bit of order there. Despite losing back to back games, as United lost at Newcastle following the Blackburn defeat in the league, they are still well in touch for the top of the pile. Following those two reverses, United hit back with the Bolton win and then turned in a late winner against Arsenal at the Emirates to score an important three points there in their previous league match. Danny Welbeck’s late goal there was a crucial one to keep them on the tails of Manchester City, especially now as the injury list is really growing at Old Trafford. Nani will be sitting out the match against Stoke, while Wayne Rooney and youngster Phil Jones are doubts to make the match. It hasn’t been a period of total convincing play from United of late, although they dominated possession and the game against Liverpool, again it was big lapses in defence, which is lacking the control of Nemanja Vidic, which let them down. The centre half pairing is where United are struggling at the moment, and they can be got at, and Stoke could just have the right tools to undo the United back line again and put pressure on the under fire David de Gea in the United goal. United have conceded seven goals in their last four Premier League matches, so the openings are there. Rio Ferdinand looks set to drop back into the starting line up for this one. If United drop points and City pull out a six point lead, recovery will be tough.

Manchester United v Stoke betting will probably lean towards the home side, but Stoke are a team in decent shape at the moment. After a sticky patch through October and November last year, to his credit, Tony Pulis has gotten Stoke back doing what they do best. Battling hard physically and being a tough side to beat. They wins have dried up a little bit, with just one in their last six, but there have been three drawn matches in there as well. What Stoke can throw at United is their big strong aerial presence in the box, which could very well unsettle a very unsettled United back line. That will be Stoke’s best offence but the away goals have struggled to come for Stoke on the road this year, scoring just eight so far. They are actually in pretty decent away from, winning three, drawing one and losing one of their last five away match in the Premier League, so they will be hoping for at least a point at Old Trafford. The trouble is, they have not got a great record at Old Trafford, as the Potters have not won there since way back in the mid seventies. Stoke should give a good battle, and they are still chugging along in the FA Cup and in the Europa League as well, but that is a lot of games having been played and they need an extra spark. Matthew Ethertington may miss the match, and that will be a big blow for Stoke getting forward. But they have the aerial power of Peter Crouch to aim for and he should be able to earn Stoke some spoils in the box against the United back line. If Stoke were in better winning form, instead of drawing matches, then this may be predicted as being a lot closer. It should be a tough, physical close encounter as it is, and after the long battle at Anfield against Liverpool in the FA Cup and coming up empty handed, there could be a window of opportunity for Stoke here. A point would be a mighty big reward for the Potters.

Manchester United v Stoke betting odds
Man Utd to win: 3/10 at Bet365
Draw: 9/2 at SkyBet
Stoke: 12/1 at Stan James

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January 31st, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) - Peter Crouch (Stoke)

Besiktas v Stoke Europa League betting goes on Wednesday night, as the final round of group matches in this year’s tournament starts. Stoke are already confirmed as qualified for the next round of the competition, it is all now a matter of where they finish. They hold a two point lead over Besiktas going into the his match, knowing that a draw will secure them top spot. So the most likely scenario from this outcome is that both of these sides are going to go through, it just a matter of jostling for position ahead of the round of the last 32, where the third placed teams from the Champions League group stage enter the fray. Stoke beat the Black Eagles of Besiktas at the Britannia earlier in the tournament, when Jon Walters netted a late penalty to give the home side the two points. That was the first ever meeting between the two sides, and with Stoke scoring an important win over Tottenham in the Premier League on the weekend, a run of three back to back wins now for the Potters, Tony Pulis’s men look to be in pretty good shape. It is just a matter of both sides holding their nerve really now on Wednesday night. Stoke will need that point to clinch top spot, and while second placed Besiktas are only three points ahead of Dynamo Kiev, the Turks hold a superior goal difference over the Ukrainians, being four goals to the good in that stat. So even if Besiktas were to drop three points, the chances are that they will squeeze their way through. But the Turks at home stand a good chance of picking something up.

Stoke’s encounter with Besiktas on Match Day of this season’s Europa League was the first time that they had encountered a Turkish side before. As for Besiktas, they have a W3 D3 L7 record against English sides. Of those matches, there have been two wins and five defeats on English soil for the Turks. However, they are in pretty good form at home and will give a good account of themselves in Stoke v Besiktas betting on Wednesday night. They have won their last three European games at home now, and not only that, in those three games they are averaging three goals a match. Besiktas have netted six goals in their two home matches in the Europa League group stage this season. As for Stoke, they haven’t lost in Europe now for eleven matches, producing seven wins in that run. They are a tough, physical side and are pretty tough to crack when they are on their game. In the group stage so far away from home, they drew against Dynamo Kiev and produced a narrow 2-1 win over Tel Aviv. But after showing some good resilience in their home encounter against Besiktas and with their up turn in form in the Premier League, seeing Stoke hold out for a draw is a plausible result for your Besiktas v Stoke Europa League betting.

Besiktas v Stoke Betting Odds
Besiktas to win: 5/6 at Paddy Power
Draw: 5/2 at Totesport
Stoke to win: 10/3 at Blue Square

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December 13th, 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Europa League

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Stoke v Tottenham betting sees form Spurs boy Peter Crouch line up against his old club on Sunday. Spurs have been in incredible form this season, unbeaten in their last eight and having won seven on those matches, and suddenly they have put themselves out there as genuine title contenders. They need a win to pull back within two points of second placed Manchester United, and still maintain their game in hand over the Red Devils. They have been in fine fettle, with big contributions going forward from Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe, Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale and they are playing some truly wonderful football at the moment. There have also been times this season when we have seen them dig in and scrap for points, a valuable trait for a title contending team to have. A trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke is never an easy affair, and after a poor stretch of form from Tony Pulis’ men, they have responded with back to back wins in the league, and have also qualified for the next stage of the Europa League. So things are starting to look up for them as well. But Stoke’s big problem is in the goalscoring department, where they are averaging just one a game. Put that into context alongside Spurs, who are averaging over two goals per match at home and away this season, then it is no surprise that Spurs are favorites to win this match. Can Stoke look to Peter Crouch to come back an haunt his former employers?

Well, online bookmaker Paddy Power have a money back special for Stoke v Spurs betting on Sunday. If Peter Crouch scores anytime during the match, the bookie will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles placed on the match. This provides some great betting coverage for Stoke v Spurs. Over in the Correct Score market for example, Adebayor and Defoe are favorites to open the scoring at 5/1, while a Spurs 1-0 win will fetch a decent price of 13/2 in your betting.

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Stoke v Spurs Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Stoke 5/2, Draw 12/5, Spurs Evens


December 10th, 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Football Betting

We focus on midweek Carling Cup betting action this week, as the last remaining sixteen teams in the tournament scrap it out for a place in the Quarter Finals. One of the big matches of the night is Stoke City v Liverpool, with the Potters having already beaten Liverpool at the Britannia in the Premier League this season. So Stoke boss Tony Pulis and his men will be looking for a repeat performance in shutting out Liverpool, who could only manage a 1-1 draw against Norwich at Anfield on Saturday. Online bookmaker Bet365 are showing a live stream of the match to accompany your Stoke v Liverpool betting. The highly ratted bookie, well known for the amount of live football streams which it provides for their customers, is bringing this all Premier League clash to its account holders on Wednesday, October 26th. All live streams at Bet365 are free, you just need to have some funds in your account, or have placed a bet on the match in question to get to see it. It is a great way to get closer to the action, especially if you are looking at enjoying some live in play betting as well. You can stream the live action and get your bets down right along side the game, so you can get a good feel of what live in play bets to take. Bet365 welcome new customers with the chance of a free £200 bet on a new account, so if you are not signed up there, there is even more good reason to do so! The bookie will match the value of your first deposit, up to the maximum of £200, but it gives you a huge opportunity to get some free cash in your new Bet365 account. Turning that free cash into profit can start with backing a winner in the Carling Cup this week.


October 23rd, 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Premier League Betting

The Club:
Stoke City are battling away in the qualification rounds of the Europa League. They did well to earn their spot there by reaching the FA Cup final last season, where they put in one of their worst displays of the season to be outclassed by Man City. Still, their rewards are a place in Europe and that will give boss Tony Pulis a new challenge and something else to get his teeth into. Stoke are a solid enough looking Premier League side. You don’t expect too many fireworks from them in terms of display, but they will battle and work their way through the season, causing upsets and then letting themselves down the very next game. Are capable of building a good run, and they should pick up enough points to maintain their status. The question about Stoke is whether or not they are just going to tread water from last season, or whether somehow they can find improvement and progression from somewhere.

Players/Manager:
Well Stoke boss Tony Pulis is no stranger to criticism. He drew a lot of attention last season from the likes of Arsene Wenger, who didn’t enjoy Stoke’s direct tactics. The thing about Stoke, is that they may not do things the beautiful way, but they seem to get the job at hand done well enough to keep them as a mid table safety team. There has been speculation about Stoke City taking the plunge and trying to get West Ham’s Scott Parker on board. Parker has been in demand even before West Ham got relegated, with several top teams all chasing his signature. West Ham are holding to their value on Parker, and after fellow Hammer Carlton Cole declined a move to the Potteries, Stoke could well come up empty handed. A better deal for them would be to go and snap up Joey Barton from Newcastle who could leave the Tyneside club for free. They have picked up the injury prone Jonathan Woodgate to try and maintain some solidity at the back, and with the squad at the Britannia acquitting themselves quite well last season, we can expect pretty much more of the same from them. This is one instance where you can look past the players and see what a huge influence the manager really is on the side. If Tony Pulis were to part ways, you wonder how well Stoke City would be able to pick up the pieces as this really is all of his work.

Last Season: 13th
A bottom half of the table finished, as they ran out of steam towards the end of the season. Still, they did reach the FA Cup final, and had some pretty good moments through the season. They scrapped and fought tirelessly, with energy abound and surprised many people. Stoke City did put up some impressive home stats, making the Britannia a very difficult place to visit. We can’t see them really being any more expansive than they were last season, but they do need to find a way to score a few more goals.

2011/12 Projection:
It will probably be more of the same from Stoke this year. They have not made enough move to really change and get better, nor have they been weakened. They are a pretty tight unit at Stoke, and they need to turn the Britannia Stadium into a fortress again, or risk failure. That will be where the bulk of their points will come from and they should be a good threat in the cups. As for their Premier League projection, you can’t see them being anything more than a mid table team. Sure they may well go on a good run and flirt on the outskirts of European spots, but maintaining that is going to be difficult. Tony Pulis is key here, but one wonders if Stoke will be found out more this season. They are a little one dimensional in their approach and opposing teams may have worked out how to get the best of them based on last season. Still, you can expect hard work, you can expect tough tackling, you can expect some direct routes to goal, you can expect plenty of criticism coming the way of Stoke, but at the end of the day, they should comfortably enough secure their Premier League status. They have enough week in week out to stay in mid table.

Finishing Position Stoke City: Mid Table Safety

Premier League Top Ten Finish Odds:
7/4 at Bet365

First Three Fixtures
August 14th: Stoke v Chelsea
August 20th: Norwich v Stoke
August 28th: West Brom v Stoke

BACK TO 2010/11 PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW
 


August 8th, 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football Betting

West Ham, in their unpredictable form are actually worth taking in your betting here. The cups seems to have been a good outlet for Avram Grant’s men this year, with the Hammers reaching the semi final of the Carling Cup. This is a big opportunity for them, a break from their relegation battle, and after hammering Stoke 3-0 at Upton Park at the start of March, then they should be confident. You can also go back to last October when the two sides met in the Carling Cup, a match which West Ham also won by a 3-1 scoreline. In their troubled season, the Hammers look to enjoy breaking out against Stoke, and are therefore worth backing again, as there are not too many team selection problems for Grant to worry about. Even Robbie Keane may be ready to make an appearance for them. Many will perceive West Ham to be the weaker side, because Stoke are at home and they can be a stubborn side to break down at times, and their tough tackling, direct football under Tony Pulis, may upset West Ham’s rhythm. Still it is worth taking some value on West Ham, as they have proven that they can get the better of their northern opponents.

Stoke haven’t  managed to beat West Ham in three attempts this season. They were held at home by the Hammers in September, before losing at Upton  Park in the league and the Carling Cup. Although Stoke are six places higher in the Premier League than West Ham, it is the London side who are carrying the better form. Over the last four league matches, Stoke have lost three and drawn one, while Saturday’s FA Cup opponents West Ham have won two, drawn one and lost one. The Hammers are on something of a bit of a revival and there are only three points separating those six places in the league. Stoke’s only recent victory was the 3-0 victory over Brighton in the FA Cup, which set up this all Premier League Quarter Final. However, Stoke haven’t actually been beaten at the Britannia Stadium in 2011, so that may tip the favour in the FA Cup football betting markets. Stoke did do the double over West Ham in the league last year, and at home, City have a 52% win percentage against West Ham. Out of 42 matches between the two sides at Stoke, the home side have won 22, with West Ham tallying 12 victories there. Eight of the encounters have been draws. Stoke have netted 59 goals, while the Hammers have responded with just 44.

So, looking at things, there may not be too much between the two sides, but the match going to a replay doesn’t look to be too high of a possibility. Neither team are great and chances at both ends should come, and should be plenty enough for someone to grab a semi final place. The Hammers are carrying decent form to cause an away upset here, and they haven’t been beaten away since the end of January, when they lost to Birmingham in the Carling Cup. It is worth looking at West Ham in your football betting for this one, they seem to be getting things together a bit, and could edge this one.

Stoke v West Ham FA Cup Odds

Stoke to win: 6/5 at Bet365
Draw: 5/2 at BetFred
West Ham Utd to win: 11/4 at Blue Square

Stoke v West Ham Betting Tip:

Both teams to score – YES Evens at Totesport


March 11th, 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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Your betting winnings on the Premier League Sunday fixtures, including Stoke v Manchester United and Manchester City v Arsenal, can receive a boost if you make your wagers with Online Bookmaker SportingBet. The popular bookie is boosting returns on certain winning markets for all Premier League matches which have happened, or about to happen over the weekend. If you land a winner, then on top of the profit you make, you will receive a 25% betting boost on top of that. So if your profit is £60, then you would receive a £15 free bet bonus on your account. This is an outstanding offer from one of the leading online bookmakers available. SportingBet really do deliver when it comes to football betting promotions, and this free bet reward is another great offer from them. If you are going to be betting on the matches anyway, why not put yourself in line for an extra 25% bonus?

The markets covered for the SportingBet Premier League Winning Boost, are First Goal scorer, Anytime Goal scorer, Correct Score or Scorecast bets. These are some of the prime sub market match betting markets, so now is a great time to get in on Sunday’s Premier League action. SportingBet have also extended their increased welcome bonus offer until the end of October. The bookie originally increased their matched bet bonus offer from £25 up to £50 for the month of September, but they have ran it over to October as well, which means that you have time to take advantage of this increased offer as well. SportingBet have competitive prices on their football betting, so there is no worries about that, and they are renowned for providing top level football betting promotions. They come highly recommended for their full package of services as an online bookmaker.

Stoke v Man United SportingBet Boost Market Tips

With Wayne Rooney surprising everyone by signing a new contract, he still is on the sidelines due to an ankle injury picked up in training. That will return all of the focus on to Dimitar Berbatov and he is Evens at SportingBet as an Anytime Goal scorer. If you want to chance your arm a little more, he is 4/1 as First Goal scorer. In a match United are expected to win, a Manchester United 1-0 win Correct Score bet at SportingBet is favourite or 5/1.

Match Outright Odds:

Man United to win: 3/5
Draw: 13/5
Stoke to win: 4/1

Manchester City v Arsenal SportingBet Boost Market Tips

This is the big clash of the day, as second takes on third in the Premier League. Some great prices around on this one, simply because it could swing either way, so if you have some courage in your betting conviction, you could pick up a tidy profit. With Robin van Persie still missing through injury, the Gunners will be looking to Marouane Chamakh for the goal scoring threat, and he is 11/5 at SportingBet as Anytime Goal scorer. Meanwhile, the red hot Carlos Tevez for Manchester City is Evens in the same market. Tevez as First Goal scorer is priced at 4/1. Most bookmakers are favoring a 1-1 draw in this big fixture, and at SportingBet, that Correct Score bet is worth 5/1 and makes decent value.

Match Outright Odds:

Manchester City to win: 5.4
Draw: 21/10
Arsenal to win: 2/1

Liverpool v Blackburn SportingBet Boost Market Tips
Can Liverpool start to get their Premier League season on track? They crumbled badly again last weekend at Everton, and sitting almost at the bottom of the league, boss Roy Hodgson needs a boost from his players. Fernando Torres is favourite in the odds at SportingBet for being First Goal scorer, while a Correct Score Liverpool 1-0 bet will fetch you 9/2. Liverpool are favourites to win the match, but coming down on the side of Blackburn in your betting will bring rewards if they steal a victory. A 1-0 Correct Score for Blackburn will earn 10/1 at SportingBet, plus of course that 25% boost if you land the result!

Match Outright Odds
Liverpool to win: 3/5
Draw: 13/5
Blackburn to win: 4/1


October 23rd, 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions










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