Stoke v City: Paddy Power specials
- Fri 14 Sep 2012, 1:44PM
- Posted by David Clayton
A Barclays Premier League visit to Stoke on Saturday greets the champions after the international break.
While City have recorded comfortable home victories against the Potters in the last two seasons, winning 3-0 on both occasions, the Blues have been held 1-1 in the away games.
However, the visitors are chalked up at 8/11 favourites with official betting partner Paddy Power. The home side are priced up at 4/1 while the draw is a 13/5 shot.
Last season, Roberto Mancini’s side needed Yaya Toure’s 76th minute equaliser to rescue a point after Peter Crouch’s wonder goal had given Stoke a 59th minute lead. The previous season Matthew Etherington’s injury time strike cancelled out Micah Richards’ 81st minute opener.
If history is to repeat itself, the 1-1 draw is priced at 11/2.
Stoke have been draw specialists this season with an opening-day stalemate against the Gunners followed up by two away stalemates, first against Reading (1-1) and then Wigan (2-2).
City, meanwhile, have scored plenty beating Southampton (3-2) and QPR (3-1) at home and drawn away to Liverpool (2-2) in the opening skirmishes of the season.
The Champions conceded 29 goals - the least in the Premier League last season – but have conceded five in three matches so far this term and are 9/5 to beat Stoke without conceding a goal in the ‘Win to Nil’ market.
City’s players on international duty had their shooting boots on with Edin Dzeko leading the charge after his second-half hat-trick in Bosnia’s 8-1 win away to Liechtenstein and a 90th minute strike in the 4-1 win over Latvia last Tuesday.
James Milner scored his first goal for England in the 5-0 win against Moldova last Friday while Vincent Kompany scored in Belgium’s 2-0 win away to Wales.
The trio are 5/1, 14/1 and 33/1 respectively to score the first goal on Saturday in a game that could see former Manchester United striker Michael Owen makes his debut for Stoke.