Stoke v Leicester: 2-1 Potters win among 3 best bets

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Fresh from their shock victory over Manchester City last time out Stoke go into this weekend’s Leicester clash as firm favourites.

Mark Hughes’ men are priced at 21/20 to takes all three points when the Foxes visit the Britannia Stadium, with the visitors billed as 3/1 underdogs and the draw available at 23/10.

Two of the last three meetings have ended all square but with those draws coming in the 2007-08 season, last year’s FA Cup result is a better indication of what to expect.

Here Ladbrokes News’ James Curtis highlights three great value bets ahead of the 3pm Saturday kick-off.

Leonardo Ulloa to score first @ 8/1 (or anytime at 10/3)

Some people – myself included – questioned the wisdom of spending £8m on a Championship striker but Ulloa has hit the ground running in the top flight with goals against Arsenal and Everton already.

That record alone makes his 10/3 anytime price tempting but considering the Argentine hit the opening strike seven times last season 8/1 looks too good to ignore.

Stoke to win 2-1 @ 15/2

After beating City last week Stoke look a good price at 21/10 for the win but those looking to boost their returns could be swayed by the 15/2 on a 2-1 victory.

Stoke have conceded against Aston Villa and Hull this season and the Foxes’ goals against Everton and Arsenal prove they remain a goal threat.

Stoke have scored more than two just once in 10 games so while they look primed to win, Ulloa’s threat and this stat make 2-1 a great shout.

Scorecast – Ulloa + Stoke 2-1 @ 80/1

Scorecast betting is pretty much a lottery with so many combinations available. However, anyone taking a punt on the above bets would never forgive themselves for passing up the 80/1 odds on offer ob both selections coming good.

A long shot for sure but if Ulloa comes good and Stoke play to form it looks a dead cert – doesn’t it?

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.