Betting Guide: Stoke v Sunderland

Last updated : 28 August 2009 By Dan Buxton
Both sides have started well this season and also both sent depleted sides for long distance Carling Cup ties in midweek, yet the duo still made it through to the third round.

The Potters home form is fantastic, just two defeats in 11 months, and if you think they will run out victorious the BetFred offer odds of 7/5 on a Potters victory.

The visitors cannot be underestimated though and are much improved with a new manager and a host of big name players. If you think the Black Cats will continue their impressive start with three more points then SkyBet and VictorChandler are giving odds of 9/4 on that outcome. The draw is very much a possibility with two evenly matched sides and BetFred are offering odds of 23/10 on the contest ended all square.

This fixture last season ended 1-0 to the Potters and Ladbrokes, Coral and StanJames offer 7's on a repeat. The Potters only home game this season was a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley. If you think the Potters can score two unanswered goals again then BetFred, Boylesport and SkyBet offer 10's on that.

Sunderland will be looking to keep it tight and sneak a victory so SkyBet and Coral's 8/1 on a 1-0 away win seems decent odds. The Potters first home defeat last season was a 3-2 loss to Everton and its 40/1 that the Black Cats can equal the Toffee's victory. It would appear there are gaosl in both sides so BlueSQ's 16/1 on a 2-2 draw looks very appealing.

The tempo and crowd are going to be electric from the start with this weeks signings of Huth and Tuncay so expect an early goal and Bet365 and PaddyPower both offer evens on the first goal coming before the 29th minute. If you want to be more precise PaddyPower offer 9/2 the first goal will be scored between the 11th and 20th minute.

The first goalscorer see's a host of ex-Black Cats with big odd's, will the 'scoring against your old club' moto come into effect. If you think it will Dean Whitehead and Danny Higginbotham are 25/1 with SkyBet, whilst Rory Delap is also at 25's with Coral. The Potters other ex-Mackem is Liam Lawrence and he is 14's with Ladbrokes to open the scoring. The only ex-Potter at Sunderland is fomer loanee Kenwyne Jones and the striker is 15/2 with SkyBet to score the opener whilst the unpredictable Andy Reid, who scored twice in midweek, is 20/1 with a host of bookies, including Boylesport and BlueSQ