Stoke v Sunderland Betting Preview

There's a commonly regurgitated myth in football that claims Stoke are a different beast at The Britannia.

Sunderland go to Stoke looking for their first win at The Britannia since 2004 while The Potters could move up to eighth, temporarily at least, with all three points.

Although Tony Pulis has been bullish of late about his side's potential he will also be aware that a six-point cushion above the relegation zone can quickly evaporate.

Both sides come into the game on the back of midweek defeats but back-to-back wins on the road will mean that Steve Bruce's side should be confident of getting something from the game.

The Black Cats are without captain Lee Cattermole due to a back injury that has ruled him out for another month at least. But on loan midfielder Sulley Muntari should slot straight into the side and take on the roll of ball winner in the middle of the park.

Stoke are bolstered by the return from suspension of Ryan Shawcross but Abdoulaye Faye could miss out after he pulled a hamstring in midweek. Ricardo Fuller is away attending his uncle's funeral so won't feature, meaning it is likely to be a physical frontline of John Carew and Kenwyne Jones.

Rule Britannia?

The statistics are heavily stacked against The Black Cats this weekend. In the five Premier League meetings between Stoke and Sunderland, the away side has scored no goals. Sunderland average just 0.63 points per game in the month of February, the worst of any Premier League side with more than a season's experience in the top flight. And, as previously alluded to, the Mackems haven't picked up a single Premier League point at Stoke.

But Steve Bruce's side do come into this one in good form. Defeat to Chelsea in midweek will have been disappointing but there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Not least the performance of new signing Stephane Sessegnon who could turn out to be a snip at £6million in a time of astronomical transfer fees.

There's a commonly regurgitated myth in football that claims Stoke are a different beast at The Britannia. Yet they won just one of their ten home games against top half teams last season and have only picked up one point against teams currently in the top six this season.

Betting odds of 11/10 on a home win seem to follow the statistics of years gone by but more recent form would suggest that Sunderland at 11/4 are worth the risk.

The Ghost of Black Cats Past

Stoke could name no fewer than six former Sunderland players in their match day squad this Saturday. Danny Collins, Rory Delap, Danny Higginbotham, Kenwyne Jones, Thomas Sorensen and Dean Whitehead have all switched the red and white of Sunderland for the stripes of Stoke in recent years.

It is almost inevitable then that one of them will come back to haunt them this weekend. Jones is likely to start up top alongside Carew to form, surely, the league's most physically intimidating frontline. The Trinidadian is 13/8 to net at any time and 5/1 to open the scoring.

Bruce was hoping that Asamoah Gyan would pick up the flame from Darren Bent when he moved on but the Ghanian has failed to find the net since his strike partner's departure. Fortunately for Sunderland Kieran Richardson has grasped the opportunity with both hands and scored three in his last two since being moved into a more attacking role.

It is 10/1 that the former Manchester United winger scores the opener here and an appealing 4/1 that he scores at anytime during the game.

Sunderland face Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool then Manchester City in succession following this game so picking up points here could prove crucial to any European ambitions that they harbour.

Written By:- Ben Gledhill (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/02/2011 - 12:21 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Stoke, Crystal Palace

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