Don't expect much to separate Stoke City and Hull City in Sunday's match. It should be a hard-fought affair, making it tough to figure out where the best value in the soccer betting odds lies. Check out our preview for the upcoming Premier League match.
Hull City will be at home and will therefore be favored at roughly +140 in the soccer odds to win and get three huge points. If you fancy the Potters to make things interesting, they can be locked in at a price of +225 or so, while a draw is listed at a similar valuation.
To open their Premier League account in 2014-15, Hull City won by 1-0 on the road over QPR at Loftus Road. It was James Chester's header early in the second half that ultimately proved to be the match-winner.
Later on in the week, Hull competed in Europa League qualifying but fell to Lokeren 1-0 away from home. Steve Bruce didn't feature some of his starting XI regulars and it ended up haunting him in the first-leg loss.
Before the second leg of that tie, Hull will do battle with Stoke City at home in a Premier League clash, hoping to make it a full six points out of six through their first two matches.
After not starting against Lokeren, you have to think the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic, and Thomas Ince will play a part this weekend. All four were on the bench for the Europa League defeat.
Unfortunately for Hull, they'll have to cope without Yannick Sagbo, who's suspended, as well as Robert Snodgrass, a new signing who picked up ligament damage in the opener and is expected to be out for at least six months. That's a huge blow to Bruce's side.
The Potters were uninspiring in their season debut, losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa in a match they were favored to win.
Stoke City had 12 total shots, but only two were on target, and they simply couldn't find the back of the net despite controlling possession for most of the match. The Villains got a goal from Andreas Weimann and that's all the visitors needed.
Formation wise, the Potters went with a 4-2-3-1, Glenn Whelan and Steven N'Zoni in the holding roles, Bojan, Stephen Ireland, and Marko Arnautovic making up the three, and Mame Biram Diouf operating as the sole striker. We're eager to see if any changes will be made on Sunday.
Both Geoff Cameron and Peter Odemwingie could play a part following their extended recovery time after the World Cup.
New arrival Victor Moses, who arrives on loan from Chelsea, is unlikely to start as he tries to get back to match fitness, but he could make an appearance off the bench if Mark Hughes so chooses. Moses struggled through a loan spell at Anfield last season and is hoping he can make a bigger impact with the Potters.
Premier League Pick
When push comes to shove, we really don't see a sizable edge for either side in this situation.
Yes, Hull City will be at home and they're coming off a morale-boosting victory, but we're not sold on them as a legitimate favorite against an experienced Stoke City outfit. The Potters are much better than what they showed last weekend, and we think they'll prove that to be true on Sunday.
As we're not comfortable going in either direction, we feel it's in our best interest to recommend a draw as a soccer pick. Both of these teams will be well-drilled and defensively sound, so the UNDER wouldn't be the worst way to go either.
Free Soccer Pick: Hull City 1 Stoke City 1