iBet: Stoke and Newcastle are teams in contrasting form
Stoke v Newcastle, kick off 7.45pm
Lay over 3.5 goals at 3.4 to one with Betfair
Lay Newcastle at 3.2 to one
Stoke don’t exactly ‘put teams away’ but they have only lost two out of their last eight Premier League fixtures and with his team being affected by injuries and suspension, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not be looking forward with glee to a trip to the Potteries. A quite remarkable statistic is that Stoke have only conceded one goal all season in six home games – easily the best home defensive record in the division. It’s a reflection on how they play – keeping things tight at the back and looking to win the games by the odd goal, with set plays very important. Indeed only QPR have scored fewer at home than the five Stoke have notched, but they have still won three games on home soil, which is more than, for instance, Liverpool have managed. After a brilliant 2011/2012 season, teams seem to have worked out Newcastle this time around, although the absence of Ben Arfa and their Europa League commitments are clearly having a marked impact. They have won only one of their last eight. Only Manchester City have conceded fewer than Stoke so far this season in the Premier League, and this could once again be tight.
Men of the moment, Cook and Pietersen, are quoted at 12/1 with Ladbrokes to both rack up their 23rd Test centuries in the third test in Kolkata. England are 11/4 with India 6/5 and the draw 7/4. Monty Panesar is 10/1 to repeat his ten-wicket haul.
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