There will be lots of punters with a bulging betting account after a Super Sunday which saw all four favourites win in the Premier League. Many accumulators had Manchester City as the last leg and David Silva’s goal meant that the pay-out took place.
The league leaders are a much shorter price to beat Stoke on Wednesday night, although it won’t stop people piling in at odds of 2/7 (Stan James – £150 free bets) especially considering that Roberto Mancini’s side boast a 100% record at home this term.
Mancini might choose to rotate his team for this encounter against a team with their tails up after four straight wins, the last of which was a 2-1 victory at Wolves on Saturday. James Milner and Edin Dzeko can expect to line up against the Potters for what should be a physical encounter and the Bosnian is a 4/1 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to open the scoring.
Perhaps Sergio Aguero will continue in attack and the Argentine looked very dangerous against Arsenal despite not scoring. Mario Balotelli will also want to feature again, although Mancini will be aware of bigger games on the horizon.
Stoke will make themselves hard to beat in this match, having noted that Everton came reasonably close to landing a goalless draw earlier this season at Eastlands. Tony Pulis’ side have had an extra day to prepare for the match and odds of 11/1 are available that they can pull off the biggest shock of the season so far.
Peter Crouch has fond memories of scoring at this ground having clinched a place in the Champions League for Tottenham two seasons ago with his goal and odds of 14/1 are available that the former England international opens the scoring, something which would be his 100th goal.