Stoke v Wolves: tough trip too much for toothless Wolves
Despite inconsistent league form throughout the season, it is difficult to see Stoke failing to fulfil 8/13 odds to beat Wolves at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Travelling Wolves have been consistently poor in recent weeks, suffering five consecutive defeats on a run that has featured one victory in 17 league games, hence their 9/2 price for success here.
It is 11/4 about the draw, and that would appear to be the best that Terry Connor, still without a win in charge, could hope for, yet it looks far-fetched considering the lack of confidence in his rock-bottom side.
Wolves have managed to score in the majority of their matches this season though, averaging more than a goal per game, but having conceded 68 times in 31 matches, Stoke look good to perform a repeat of the 2-1 triumph they achieved at Molineux earlier in the season.
That scoreline is priced at 8/1 in Saturday’s game, and was the score that Wolves were last beaten by on the road.
Punters could alternatively back the 8/11 for both teams to score, though the 5/2 on offer for a home win with the two teams finding the net looks a better bet.
Stoke have been somewhat slow starters in their own patch this term, finding themselves level at the Britannia by half-time more than they have been ahead or behind, and so it could be worth backing the sides to be drawing at half-time, prior to a full-time home win at 7/2.
The Potters have notched plenty more goals in the second half of matches than the first too, and may be worth taking on at 2/1 to breach the Wolves backline for the first time after the break in this match.
Peter Crouch will still be buoyed from his goal-of-the-season contender in his last Britannia Stadium appearance for Stoke, and the striker can get the opener here too, as 9/2 joint-favourite.