Stoke City return from the international break with a home game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. The hosts have proved tough to beat since the middle of February, but their tendency to play stalemates has dropped them 10 points off the playoff places. Wednesday have remained unbeaten since last month and a recent run of successive victories sees them within two points off the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Stoke played out their sixth draw from seven matches after they settled for a 0-0 scoreline against Reading earlier this month. The Staffordshire outfit are currently on a run of three successive goalless stalemates.
Wednesday, meanwhile, go into the game after securing back-to-back league triumphs. They recently bagged a comfortable 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers to go unbeaten for nine straight matches.
The previous meeting between the sides occurred at the Hillsborough Stadium in September which ended in a 2-2 draw. Their last encounter at the Bet365 Stadium was in the League Cup four years ago where Stoke won 2-0. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a score draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 2.90[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke have struggled to find the scoresheet regularly this campaign but they have still improved on the defensive front as the season has progressed. The hosts have kept four successive shutouts in the lead up to the game but they still can’t be fancied for the three points, as they have lacked the presence of an in-form marksman in their ranks. In comparison, Wednesday have found form with successive victories, but their away games have produced a mixed bag with three draws and just one win in the past four outings. Hence, our preview would go for a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 2.90[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City win odds: 2.37
Sheffield Wednesday win odds: 3.50
Correct Score odds
Wednesday have held the superiority over Stoke in terms of the scoring in the past five games and they have three times the number of goals (three) as the weekend hosts. However, Stoke have kept four straight shutouts on the bounce and they are likely to make things difficult for Wednesday in their playoff push. Our correct score prediction prefers a 1-1 draw with Stoke returning to scoring ways.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Stoke have played out three 0-0 draws on the bounce but this statistic should change this weekend with the players bound to seek an improvement on their recent showing. Still, a cagey affair could be on the cards, as Wednesday are not big on away goals with an average of just over one goal per away game. Our total goals prediction is to go with less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.47[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Steven Fletcher has found form at the busy end of the campaign for Wednesday and he has netted five times in the past six appearances. Fletcher has opened the scoring on three occasions including back-to-back games this month. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Fletcher to find the breakthrough once more.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Steven Fletcher at 7.50[/bet_tip_now]
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