West Brom visit Stoke in their first Premier League assignment after the international break, but if you want to watch the highlights, be prepared to stay up late as this match isn’t likely to feature too far up the Match of The Day running order.
These are slightly concerning times for Potters boss Mark Hughes, who has witnessed a steep decline in his side’s performances after a very promising start.
Stoke have suffered three straight Premier League defeats, scoring a solitary goal in the process, which is just one of the reasons why punters should be backing a low-goal count in this one.
The under 2.5 goals mark is set at a very backable price of 4/6, while those seeking a greater profit could do worse than the 21/10 on the under 1.5 goals being scored.
After all, both those bets would have landed in five of Stoke’s seven Premier League games so far, while only bottom side Crystal Palace have allowed Hughes’ side to score past them more than once.
The evidence for a low-scoring encounter continues to stack up when you consider that five of the Baggies’ seven league games thus far, would also have rewarded punters who backed them in the under 2.5 goals market.
The main problem for the hosts is a trio of misfiring strikers yet to find the target in the league, in Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters.
In fact, the Potters’ current tally of just four goals is their worst ever at this stage of a Premier League campaign.
And for the bonus prize, at cracking odds of 8/1 the stalemate should definitely be considered, as should the 7/1 on a 1-0 home win as Stoke have kept six clean sheets in their last eight meetings with their Midlands neighbours.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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