Betting Guide: Stoke v Manchester City

Last updated : 23 February 2010 By Dan Buxton

Stoke go into this cup clash on the back of a great run as they look to make it eleven games unbeaten. Man City have started to stutter lately but are still in a good position, sitting just outside fourth in the Premier League and with a game in hand.

The Potters are, as expectedly, outsiders for the game and are available a massive 9/4 with SkyBet. Man City can be backed at 6/4 with Victor Chandler, BetFred and Bet365.The draw is 12/5 with Totesport.

Stoke will be hoping to grab another big name scalp and a repeat of last seasons 1-0 win, after 90 mins, is available at 17/2 with SkyBet. The Potters may go for it after going close to victory in the two recent encounters and 3-2 to Stoke after 90 minutes is 40/1 with SkyBet and William Hill. The Potters have been conceding one goal quite often lately so a clean sheet may not be coming and BetFred and SkyBet offer 11/1 on a 2-1 Stoke win after 90 mins.  

Man City are playing clinical football at home but have struggled for victories on their travels. They may have to grind out a 1-0 win to get the points. That scoreline, after 90 min, is 7/1 with StanJames, Ladbrokes and Coral. When Stoke travelled to Eastlands on Boxing Day that game ended 2-0 to the hosts and PaddyPower and Bet365, BetFred, PaddyPower and Boylesport offer 10's on a repeat of that after an hour and a half. The two sides drew 1-1 at Man City in the first game and at the Brit last Tuesday and it is 11/2 with all bookmakers, bar Victor Chandler, that that scoreline is repeated after 90 minutes.

City will be hoping that the recent positive performance against Blackburn and Arsenal can be repeated and both Ricardo Fuller, who scored the Potters goal against Citeh in the initial cup game, at 7's with BetFred to open the scoring, and James Beattie, 15/2 with the majority of bookmakers to net first, will be hoping to repeat last seasons vital strike. Glenn Whelan will be hoping to net again against his former club and is 20/1 with BetFred to break the deadlock again.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been up front on his own and is 11/2 across the board to open the scoring whilst midfielder Gareth Barry netted 8 days ago and is available at 20's with William Hill to net first. Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the Citeh goal in the initial game and is 14/1 with BlueSQ to score the opener.