Betting Guide: Tottenham v Stoke

Last updated : 22 October 2009 By Dan Buxton
Stoke travel to White Hart Lane with an abysmal record of one win in thirty six games away at Tottenham. Both sides have had good starts to the season and sit above where they would have expected to be having secured some good results.

Tottenham rightfully start as clear favourites, with best odds of 1/2 on Boylesports, whilst Stoke are 15/2 with SkyBet. The draw is 10/3 with Bet365, BlueSQ and Coral.

If Stoke are to snatch a victory it is likely to be a close encounter with a 1-0 or 2-1 win the only reasonable scorelines. If you want to back the Potters to score the games only goal then PaddyPower offer 19/1 on that outcome whilst Totesport will give you odds of 28/1 on a 2-1 City win.

Tottenham won this game 3-1 last season and BlueSq offer 11/1 on a repeat of that score. If you think the Potters can defend better than last season but won't have enough to grab a result at the Lane then PaddyPower offer 13/2 on a 1-0 Spurs win. City's last two away games have ended 1-1 and its 9/1 with BlueSQ that they make it a hat trick. The other draw the Potters have on their travels this season was a goalless encounter at Birmingham and SportingBet offer 16's there are no goals on Saturday.

City were well beaten in the opening stages of last seasons game and will be hoping to hold out for longer this time round. BlueSQ offer 16's on the games first goal arriving between sixty and seventy five minutes and that may be when the game really hots up as Spurs will pile more men forward the longer the stalemate goes on, leaving gaps aswell as making themselves more dangerous.

Ricardo Fuller was fantastic last week but has still to break his duck in the Premier League this season. Ladbrokes, Bet365 and SkyBet offer 10's that the Jamaican will net first on Saturday. James Beattie opened his account with a double last week and also scored his first Stoke goal here last season. The hitman is 11/1 to score the first goal whilst Matthew Etherington, back in form recently, is 22/1 at Bet365 and BlueSQ to use his pace to good effect and score at his old stomping ground.

With Defoe suspended Keane and Crouch are near enough nailed on to start up front and both can be backed at 9/2 with most bookmakers. Ledley King scored the opener last week for Spurs and Bet365, William Hill, BetFred and PaddyPower offer 33/1 that the Tottenham captain repeats that this week.