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Stoke vs Brighton – Hosts a cracking bet at 8/13

| 18.02.2011

Stoke are currently on a seven-game winning run against Brighton and there is no reason to believe that this sequence will end when the pair clash in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Match Odds

It is 8/13 in the FA Cup betting that Stoke win and this seems a great price simply considering that they are a Premier League team playing at home to opposition from two divisions below them in the football pyramid.

Furthermore, Brighton have lost all of their last five FA Cup encounters against teams from the top flight, while Stoke have beaten defeated just once in their last 13 fixtures against clubs from a lower division.

However, Brighton come into the game in good form as they currently sit at the top of League One, three points clear of closest pursuers Bournemouth with two games in hand.

Meanwhile, Brighton have also taken the scalps of Championship sides Portsmouth and Watford already in the FA Cup this season.

Brighton’s betting odds are 9/2 to beat Stoke, while the draw that will earn them a replay and extend their FA Cup run to one defeat in 12 games, is priced at 11/4.

To Score At Any Time

If Brighton are to be in with a chance of reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup then they may need Fran Sandaza to continue his rich vein of scoring form in the competition.

Sandaza has netted in all of his last three FA Cup matches this season and is 10/3 to score within the 90 minutes against Stoke, while it is 10/1 that he opens the scoring.

Stoke are likely to play their strongest team in order to progress in the tournament and that will mean that John Carew will start in attack.

The former Aston Villa striker is 6/5 to strike at any point, while fellow frontman Kenwyne Jones is also quoted at 6/5 in this betting market.

A £25 stake on Stoke beating Brighton 2-0 would return £150. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.