30th October 2011, 11:05am
Stoke v Newcastle Betting: Newcastle’s Good Run Could Hit The Buffers At The Britannia
Stoke have gone about their work in typically solid fashion so far this season but they have suffered a recent mini slump which they’ll be hoping to pull out of against Newcastle. In recent seasons, Stoke have been renowned for their excellent home record and this season doesn’t appear to be any different after winning two and drawing two of their four games so far, but they are currently on a run of just one win in five games which came in a 2-0 home win against Fulham in the middle of October. Apart from that, the Potters have suffered recent away losses to Sunderland, Swansea and Arsenal and they now sit just in the bottom half of the table in 11th, but a win on Monday night however could propel Stoke up to a much more respectable 8th place. Stoke can now also forget about the Carling Cup following a midweek home 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, but the match saw the return of defender Jonathan Woodgate after injury and after coming through unscathed, he should line up against his former club, and Danny Higginbotham is getting ever closer to a return to action but this match could come to soon.
There was no shortage of doubters when it came to Newcastle’s chances this season but so far Alan Pardew’s men have proved them all very wrong. The Toon are sitting in a heady 4th place and alongside Man City, they are the only club to remain unbeaten in the Premier League so far this season. Just a draw at the Britannia Stadium could nudge them into third place at the expense of Chelsea, who lost 5-3 to Arsenal in the epic encounter on Saturday at Stamford Bridge but they’ll be under no illusions at the tough task they have in prospect in the Potteries. They did suffer their first defeat of the season in midweek though when losing at Blackburn in a 4-3 Carling Cup thriller which bought to an end their run of 11 games unbeaten in all competitions. Alan Pardew could be without Cheik Tiote who is suffering with a knee injury, and Shola Ameobi is also missing with a hamstring injury but Steven Taylor should figure despite recently suffering a broken nose.
You should never underestimate Stoke at the Britannia Stadium where they’ve already beaten Liverpool 1-0 and held Man United to a 1-1 draw this season, and four goals scored and one against at home speaks volumes about how the Potters go about their business. Their unspectacular but effective approach can be more than a match for any team and Newcastle will need no reminding of the 4-0 thrashing they suffered at Stoke last season. Stoke’s slump has coincided with a run of away games where their form is generally nothing more than mediocre anyway, and although Newcastle must be respected, they have shown they can ship a goal or two, so I’m taking the hosts to condemn the Toon to their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Stakes 3/10 on Stoke at 2.2 with Paddy Power