Fulham will be hoping that goalkeeper David Stockdale will continue to be a lucky omen and lead them to victory over Stoke.
Stockdale has deputised for Mark Schwarzer seven times this season for Fulham and is yet to be on the losing side and with Schwarzer still at the Asian Cup with Australia, Stockdale will feature again.
Fulham are 5/4 to beat Stoke in the Premier League betting and are currently enjoying their best form of the campaign with seven points from their last four games.
Stoke’s betting odds are 9/4 to beat Fulham and they will be hoping that new signing John Carew enjoys a memorable debut.
With Stoke tending to score a reasonable portion of their goals from set plays, Carew’s height should be an added benefit and he is 7/4 to score at any point in the 90 minutes, which would be his first Premier League goal of the season.
Goals have not been particularly abundant in the most recent showdowns between Fulham and Stoke and there is little to suggest that things will be any different this time.
Five of the last eight clashes between the pair at Craven Cottage have ended in a 1-0 win, with both teams priced at 7/1 to secure the three points by this scoreline.
Meanwhile, both games to have already taken place between the duo this season have ended in a 2-0 victory, with each team winning once apiece.
Fulham’s odds are 8/1 to beat Stoke 2-0, while it is a larger 11/1 that Stoke succeed by the margin.
Perhaps the safest bet is that the game witnesses under 2.5 goals scored, which can be backed at 4/7.
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