Potters to Upset Canaries: Norwich City vs. Stoke City Premier League Picks

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:36 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 12:36 PM GMT

Fresh off an excellent 3-1 win over Sunderland, the Canaries will return home to Carrow Road to take on Stoke City this weekend. Which soccer picks stand out most?

Odds Overview
After an amazing weekend last week, the Canaries are going to be riding a high as they head into Saturday's home encounter with Stoke City.

As for the Premier League odds, we find Norwich City priced as +135 favorites on the board, with a Potters win listed at right around +230; if you think a draw is the way to go with your sports picks this weekend, you can find that option at a similar +230 price. 

 

Norwich City
One week after opening the season with a very disappointing 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace, the Canaries turned around and did the exact same thing to Sunderland this past Saturday. They went into the Stadium of Light and walked away with the 3-1 victory, which gives Norwich City their first points of the young season.

It was a fantastic performance from the Canaries from start to finish. They opened their account in the 26th minute, added on a second just over 10 minutes later and then pushed the lead to 3-0 just a little bit into the second half. From there Sunderland had little chance of recovering completely, with the lone goal from the hosts coming in 88th minute when the result was already well pronounced.

Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond all found the back of the net for the visitors, who held a majority of the possession (54 percent). Redmond has scored in each of his team's first two games and will try to make that streak reach three matches this coming Saturday.

 

Stoke City
The schedule hasn't been very kind to Stoke City early on this season. After kicking off the campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool, the Potters then had to travel to London to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane. They showed some great spirit against Spurs en route to a relatively surprising 2-2 draw.

It looks as if Tottenham was going to stroll after going up 2-0 in the first half, but we saw a completely different side to Stoke City after halftime. Whatever Mark Hughes said worked, as the Potters dug in and refused to give up, scoring two goals in the final 15 minutes to shock the masses at White Hart Lane. It was an incredibly disappointing ending for Tottenham, but a brilliantly earned point for Stoke City.

It'll be interesting to see if we see any changes made to the starting XI for this weekend's trip to Carrow Road. Stephen Ireland and Joselu were both brought off the bench in the draw with Tottenham and seemingly made a positive impression, with both goals being scored after they came on. The goalscorers against Spurs were Marko Arnautovic (from the penalty spot) and Mame Biram Diouf, who both netted their first goals of the young season.

 

Premier League Pick
Though it's the Canaries that are favorites to pick up the three points, we think they could be a little overpriced for Saturday.

All in all, we believe this Stoke City team is more talented, and we've seen the Potters hang tough away from home plenty of times before. The crowd will be against them, but the Potters have tons of experience throughout their squad, and they're going to be highly motivated to earn their first win of the 2015-16 campaign.

When you also factor in the available soccer betting odds, we like the look of an "upset" win for Stoke City. At approximately +230, we're going to be adding the Potters to our soccer picks for the coming weekend.

Pick: Norwich City 1 Stoke City 2, Back the Potters at +230 at 5Dimes

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