Ronald Koeman’s Toffees travel to meet Mark Hughes’ Potters but our tipster does not expect the goals to flow when these teams renew their rivalry
Stoke City play host to Everton in what promises to be a fascinating fixture from the Premier League on Wednesday night.
The Toffees are in terrific form at present, having won four of their last five league games, but Ronald Koeman’s team will face a tough test when they travel to meet Mark Hughes’ men.
Stoke have lost just one of their last nine home matches in the top flight and the Potters came agonisingly close to claiming the scalp of Manchester United last time out before being denied a famous victory by Wayne Rooney’s sublime stoppage time leveller for Jose Mourinho’s men.
The Potters are priced up as a 9/5 (2.80) chance with Betway to pick up all three points this time around, while the men from Merseyside are available at 17/10 (2.70) to maintain momentum by coming out on top in this one; the odds compilers offer 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in stalemate and that play could well prove popular, for Stoke have settled for a share of the spoils from three of their last four Premier League matches on home soil.
Betway go 5/6 (1.83) that there are fewer than three goals scored when these teams lock horns and that looks to be a solid selection, for it would have landed in all but one of the Potters’ last seven home matches in all competitions.
Furthermore, defensive discipline has been a cornerstone of Everton’s success so far this season; Koeman’s charges have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 victories in all competitions and Betway go 11/5 (3.20) that Everton manage to shut out Stoke, while the same firm offer a tempting 16/5 (4.20) that the men from Merseyside again win without conceding a goal.
Stopping Stoke may prove difficult, for Hughes’ side have found a route to goal in all but two of their last 18 Premier League fixtures, but another tight tussle seems likely when this rivalry is renewed and punters, therefore, are advised to snap up Betway’s 5/6 (1.83) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored.
Opposing goals is generally the way to go when these teams clash, this selection would have landed in 12 of the previous 15 matches between the two sides and, at 5/6 (1.83) the price is worthy of support again.