The Guardiola – Mourinho war continues on day 2 of the Premier League. After day 1, the two are tied with 3 points each. United play before City next week, with the Citizens facing Stoke away from home early on Saturday. Will we see another victory for Guardiola’s side, or will Stoke City produce the upset?
Premier League Betting Previews, Odds & Tips –Stoke City vs Manchester City
Betting Odds: Stoke 5.00 or 4/1 Draw 3.75 or 11/4 Man City 1.66 or 4/6 with Bet365
There are a few reasons why Manchester City are not that big favorites as you might seem. They weren’t impressive against Sunderland, only winning 2-1 after an own goal from McNair, and will also play a complicated European tie against Steaua Bucharest in midweek.
This game will prove tiring not only due to the stubbornness of the Romanian side but also the long traveling time. Man City will surely need to make a few changes to their side, which Guardiola will surely not enjoy very much.
The good news for them is that Stoke featured in the most boring game of Day 1, a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Middlesbrough. They have very few reasons to be happy with their performance – except maybe Xerdan Shaqiri’s form.
Everyone from the players to the fans knows that Stoke must produce much better football if they want to win a point or points on the City of Manchester Stadium. The spirit of last year’s victory is still present among the players who are gearing up to repeat the performance.
For this game, we have a few higher-odd ideas: Due to some less-than-ideal choices in defense and the fact that some players will surely be tired, we back up Stoke to score on Saturday.
We can’t envision the winner of the game, but we are expecting at least 2 goals – so an over 1,5 bet is a smart idea. And if you feel particularly bold, go for 1X – bet on Guardiola’s first semi-loss in England.
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Team Goals – Stoke Over 0.5: 1.52 or 10/19 with NetBet
Both Teams To Score – Yes: 1.80 or 4/5 with Bet365
Double Chance – Stoke or X: 2.25 or 5/4 with Bet365
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