Premier League, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from the Etihad Stadium
All eyes on the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as locals, and Premier League leaders, Manchester City aim to open a gap at the summit. With rival Man Utd travelling to Anfield for an early afternoon start, pressure is on City to build on the one goal advantage they take into the weekend. After beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time, surely they won’t lose to Stoke at home.
These sides battled out a disappointing goalless draw when last meeting at this venue back in March of this year. We’re confident, given City’s form so far this season, there won’t be a repeat performance on Saturday, with entertainment guaranteed. City are odds-on favourites, and so they should be, but will they win? We talk you through our match betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Man City
Pep Guardiola’s side have looked the real deal so far this season, scoring plenty of goals and keeping clean-sheets. They’ve rattled in 22 already, conceding just two, but were never more impressive than when beating defending champions Chelsea 1-0 last time out. Travelling to Stamford Bridge, City were tasked with showing us they have what it takes to win the league this season, and boy did they deliver. A 1-0 win suggests a tight match, but Pep’s crew were dominant from beginning to end, controlling the football and looking in charge.
I’d go as far as to say Chelsea won’t be beaten more convincingly at the bridge all season, and the fact they finished the match with just 38% of the overall possession proves that. Two shots on target for The Blues, against the six of City, De Bruyne returning to haunt fans, scoring the winner on 67 minutes. Conte took defeat on the chin, telling followers when two sides of such quality meet, anything can happen. Guardiola felt like sticking the boot in, telling members of the press that his side were impressive, so much so Chelsea had to revert to long balls.
Punters who enjoy keeping an eye on the stats will be interested to learn that three of the last four meetings of these sides has seen no in the both teams to score market end as a winner. We wouldn’t put anyone off sticking with that trend, and you can have this one to fall into line at evens with Betfair. Worth a place in your weekend betting tips and predictions, especially in accumulators. That makes a lot more appeal than the home win, currently trading at 1/6 with bet365.
Team News – Stoke
Mark Hughes faces the unenviable task of taking his Stoke side to the pre-season favourites and league leaders. To make matters worse, they’ve conceded eight goals in their last three meetings with Man City. The Potters have already conceded 11 goals in seven starts this season, and must improve drastically at the back if they are to stand any chance of getting anything out of this encounter.
The visitors have won just one of their last five, a run showing two draws and two defeats, but that spare three points did come last time out when getting the better of Southampton at the bet365 Stadium. A great way to round off September, and a result that lifted them to 13th in the table. A win here may be unlikely, but it could see them rise into the top-10. Stoke to make a game of this and score a goal is 37/40, best price with Bet Victor. If you think they’ll draw a blank, get 10/11 through William Hill.
The visitors may have been written off in the match betting market, but let’s not forget they were the team to take Man Utd’s 100% league record, fighting to a 2-2 draw last month. Again, not given too much of a chance by traders, a double from Choupo-Moting upset the odds, cancelling out goals from Rashford and Lukaku. Another share of the spoils can be backed at 7/1 with Ladbrokes. Those after a big win can take the away day at a cracking 19/1 with Betfair. We’re sure you’ll have a memorable Saturday night on the town if that lands.
Man City vs Stoke – Premier League Tips and Betting Predictions
Stoke are dangerous enough at the price, but we can’t back against Man City, given their start to the season. Frighteningly for their rivals, Pep’s boys seem to be getting better with the passing of every match. There’s no value in the match betting price, so we’ll have them -2 on the handicap at 5/4, top price when getting your money down at Betfair. In front of their own fans, you’ve got to fancy that as a shrewd play.
That’s best of our betting tips, but those looking to push the boat out can follow our correct score call, 3-0 Man City the pick of our predictions. City have had no trouble finding the net this season and if they can get an early goal, they’ll force Stoke out of their shell. 7/1 favourite at bet365, and that should give us something to shout about come 4.45pm. Keep an eye on the cash-out option with that one too.
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