Stoke v Man City Betting Tips – 12th March 2018
Fans of the Premier League have been hyping up the battle to avoid relegation for months now. The bottom half of the table remains incredibly tight with eight or nine teams still threatened with the drop.
It’s fair to say that West Brom, who are eight points away from safety going into the weekend, are too far adrift and will be relegated. Stoke, however, still have a chance of staying up despite a run of just one win in their last 10 league games.
There is no questioning Paul Lambert’s desire to drag the Potters out of the mire but he’s so far only had limited success since replacing the much maligned Mark Hughes.
After securing a point away to Southampton last weekend, Lambert’s next task is trying to stop Manchester City when they visit the Bet365 Stadium on Monday night.
No End in Sight to Man City’s Title Charge
The strength of this current Man City team is reflected in the fact that they are the bookies’ favourites to win the Champions League at a general 3/1.
As well as the sheer quality available to Pep Guardiola, City’s position in the Premier League is a major reason why they’re so well fancied for European glory.
There’s every chance that the Citizens will have the Premier League title wrapped up early on next month which will leave them able to rest players in the league to ensure their fitness for the latter stages of the Champions League.
In order to make the most of this opportunity, Guardiola is very keen for his team to keep up their current run of three straight league wins.
They certainly should have little problem continuing their charge towards the title with a win over Stoke. However, the away side are a little short in the match odds betting so instead, back Man City to win and for there to be over 3.5 goals at 6/5 with Boylesports.
Man City Capable of Running Riot
Lambert had a massive list of problems to try and address when he was first appointed Stoke manager. Chief among those issues was Stoke’s woeful defensive record.
No team has conceded more goals than Stoke in the Premier League this season and while they’ve let in just two goals in their last three matches, there’s a real danger Man City will run riot at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Stoke season ticket holders have seen their team well beaten on several occasions over the last couple of campaigns and we’re expecting another chastening evening for them. So, take the 11/1 that Paddy Power are quoting on the Man City 4-0 correct score.
It’s also worth betting on the away side scoring in both halves at 4/5 with Marathonbet.
Guardiola’s Tackling Problems to Continue
Pep Guardiola has watched on in horror at times this season with some of the defending that hit Man City players have been subjected to.
Sometimes there is no other way for the opposition to stop a Man City attack than by taking them out and club officials recently met with the referees’ chief, Mike Riley.
Guardiola himself didn’t attend the meeting but he may wish he did if there is more agricultural defending on show from Stoke on Monday night.
Man City are no angels when it comes to stopping counterattacks themselves so expect tempers to flare which throws up a couple of betting angles.
First, bet on Stoke to be shown the first yellow card at 8/11 with William Hill. Second, consider betting on Man City to be shown between two and three cards at 2/1 with the same firm.