Stoke City Premier League Betting Preview
Stoke City Betting Odds
Relegation odds: 10/1 bet365
Stoke City Top Goalscorer betting: To follow
Stoke City Betting Preview
With Mark Hughes yet to make any moves in the transfer market, it’s difficult to know what to expect from Stoke over the coming season. Whoever they do eventually manage to sign, they will be hard pressed to make much of an improvement on last season’s 9th place finish (the third consecutive season they have finished there).
That level of consistency does at least suggest that Stoke City’s odds of 2/1 on another top 10 finish look reasonably attractive, with mid-table currently looking to be fairly natural habitat for the Potters. Once Hughes does venture into the transfer market, that price might disappear fairly rapidly given Stoke’s ability to secure some surprisingly high-profile signings in recent years.
There are plenty of quality players in the Stoke squad and given that they appear unlikely to be in any trouble towards the foot of the table, they look well placed to be in a position to have a decent crack in at least one of the cup competitions. They were unlucky not to beat Liverpool in the League Cup semi-finals last term and are available to back at some fairly decent prices.
- Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Ben Barber (out of contract)
- Ed Dryden (out of contract)
- Bobby Moseley (out of contract)
- Ryan O’Reilly (out of contract)
- Peter Odemwingie (out of contract)
- Petros Skapetis (out of contract)
- Mason Watkins-Clark (out of contract)
- Mark Waddington (Kilmarnock – season loan)
Stoke City’s record 2015-16
- Premier League – 9th
- FA Cup – 4th round (Crystal Palace)
- League Cup – semi-finals (Liverpool)
Stoke City fixtures 2016-17
The Potters begin the new season with a trip to newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Saturday 13th August, with their opening home match seeing them welcome pre-season Premier League title favourites Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to the Bet365 Stadium for what seems sure to be testing encounter. Stoke end the season on the south coast with a trip to Southampton on Sunday 21st May 2017.
Stoke City Betting Tips
There’s probably no other Premier League club that has been quite as inactive as Stoke has been in the current transfer window to date, with no incoming signings and no departures of any real note as yet either.
In truth there doesn’t appear to be an awful lot wrong with the Stoke squad as it is, although a few fresh faces certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Hughes has stated the need for patience, but the supporters will want to see a few new signings arriving at the Bet365 Stadium in the not too distant future.
A couple of names have been heavily linked of late, with the highly-rated Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi seemingly set to be Stoke’s first signing of the summer. They are also said to be keen on bringing in West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. There is no questioning Berahino’s ability, but his temperament is suspect and has probably cost him a big-money move elsewhere before now.
Stoke do look to be in need of someone who can put the ball in the back of the net though and Berahino could thrive playing alongside the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic. Whilst the Potters might be seen as something of a sideways move and not the ‘big club’ that Berahino would have wanted, he might be persuaded to sign-up given the calibre of some of the players already on the payroll at the club.
Stoke City Information
- Official club site: www.stokecityfc.com/
- Stadium: Bet365 Stadium
- Manager: Mark Hughes
- Club nickname: The Potters
- Year formed: 1863
- Club owner: The Coates family
- Most League appearances: Eric Skeels (507)
- Most League Goals: Freddie Steele (140)
Stoke City Club honours
Football League Second Division
Winners (3): 1932–33, 1962–63, 1992–93
Football League Third Division North
Winners (1): 1926–27
Winners (1): 1890–91
Southern League Division Two
Winners (2):1909–10, 1914–15
Winners (1): 1971–72
Football League Trophy
Winners (2): 1991–92, 1999–2000
Winners (1): 1973