Betting Guide:- Portsmouth v Stoke

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 19 February 2010

Stoke go into this league game on the back of a great run as they look to make it ten games unbeaten. Portsmouth are struggling, adrift at the foot of ther table but did thrash local rivals Southampton 4-1 in the cuo last weekend.

The Potters are outsiders for the game and are available at a generous 9/4 with Coral. Pompey can be backed at 7/5 with Boylesports.The draw is 12/5 with SkyBet.

Stoke will be hoping to grab a rare victory at Fratton Park and 1-0 is available at 8's with BlueSQ and Coral. The Potters may try to be ruthless and exorcise the ghosts of Tuesday night and this could spark a goal frenzy, 3-2 to Stoke is 50/1 with SkyBet. The Potters have found clean sheets harder to come by lately  and BlueSQ and Coral offer 11/1 on a 2-1 Stoke win.

Pompey are playing good football but aren't having any luck but they did beat Southampton last week winning 4-1. They would any win at the moment and 1-0 is 7/1 with StanJames, Ladbrokes and Coral. Last time Stoke travelled to Fratton Park for a league game was in October 2008 and that game ended 2-1 to the hosts and BlueSQ and SkyBet offer 9's on a repeat of that. Both sides will desperately want to win, for differing reasons, and a 2-2 draw is 18's with SkyBet.

City will be hoping that the recent positive performances can be repeated and both Ricardo Fuller, who scored the only goal in the reverse fixture and netted here last season, at 7's with PaddyPower and BetFred to open the scoring, and Glenn Whelan, 20's with BetFred to net first, will be hoping to carry on their goalscoring form. Ryan Shawcross will be hoping to net after having a perfectly good winner ruled out on Tuesday and is 22/1 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock.

Aruna Dindane was a Stoke target before signing for Pompey and is 13/2 with SkyBet to open the scoring whilst on loan star Jamie O'Hara is at 16/1 with BetFred to net first. John Utaka is enjoying his football again and is 9/1 with BetFred and SkyBet to score the opener.

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