Man City v Stoke City Premier League Betting Tips October 14th 2017
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Man City v Stoke City Premier League Betting Tips: Match Preview
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Pep Guardiola had no issues transforming Man City into a dominant force away from home, but all too frequently they struggled to convince at the Etihad. However, there have been a number of performances to suggest that the Citizens have solved their home issues.
Man City did have to claw back a 1-1 against Everton, but that’s when Pep was trying to persist with a 3-5-2 formation that sacrificed the club’s quality wingers. Since then, Guardiola has reverted to a formation that bears a greater resemblance to the 4-3-3 system made famous by Barcelona.
The Citizens are loaded with midfield talent, so it made little to sacrifice wingers to have an additional centre-back. In a 4-3-3, it is once again possible to use Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling.
This transition has coincided with victories over Liverpool (5-0 at home), Watford (6-0) away, Crystal Palace (5-0), and Chelsea (1-0). Sergio Agüero was instrumental during that spell, but his absence presents an opportunity for the talented Gabriel Jesus.
If City can avoid injuries and tiredness during the international break, then Jesus can shine alongside Sané and Sterling. The Brazilian gets into extremely threatening positions and has already scored four goals in six league appearances.
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Stoke City gave an extremely poor account in their 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea, but the Potters were deprived of any fit centre-backs. This left Stoke extremely vulnerable to almost any attack that Chelsea mustered.
Fortunately for Stoke, they were gifted with the visit of a Southampton side that have struggled to find the net. And, even though the Potters conceded from Southampton, they were able to score twice to win 2-1.
Mame Biram Diouf got proceedings under way from a Xherdan Shaqiri corner on 40 minutes and held the lead long into the second-half. However, Southampton levelled the score on 75 minutes through a close-range volley from centre-back Maya Yoshida.
Stoke needed a close tap-in from the veteran Peter Crouch, but they didn’t mind because they secured three points and avoided a three-game losing streak in the league. This is all the more important when considering they travel to Man City next.
The Potters used to be renowned for being defensive stalwarts, but nowadays they are vulnerable to heavy beatings. Most telling is that Man City have scored four goals against in Stoke in three of their last league meetings.
The upward fortunes of Man City mean that you’re staring at odds of just 1.16 with bet3665 to beat Stoke City. For this reason, it will require the backing of more complex market to attain higher odds.
Stoke have not been high scorers this season, so backing over 2.5 goals and no for both teams to score is an option at 2.87. Additionally, you might want to consider Man City hitting Stoke for 4-0 in yet another victory. Man City and over 3.5 goals can be backed for odds of 2.00 at bet365.
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