Soccer Picks: Everton vs. Stoke City Premier League Tips

Nila Amerova

Friday, November 29, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

Everton take on Stoke City in week 13 EPL betting. Sportsbook odds are already in full swing, so without further ado, here is a preview of this tilt complete with soccer free picks. 

Everton hot favourites

Everton enter their tilt with Stoke City firmly installed as the -175 favourites at Bet365 to clinch the victory over Stoke City.

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Everton are flush off an exciting Merseyside derby that settled on a 3-3 draw. Although Everton took a point off Liverpool, they very nearly took all three but for a late goal by the Reds that forced the draw. It was a missed opportunity that somehow felt disappointing in the end even if they weren’t left entirely empty-handed.

Overall, Everton have enjoyed a bright start to the new season. They are seventh in the table with a 5-6-1 mark and 21 points, level with the Manchester United and a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. More importantly, they are only a point adrift of Manchester City in fourth place. The three points on offer in this game therefore are crucial towards table advancement.

One clear edge Everton have in this match and what will tip the scale towards them in sports betting circles is their divine home record – an undefeated run that dates back to March 9 when they lost to Wigan 3-0. On the new season, they remain undefeated in six games with a 3-3-0 record. That form and home advantage therefore should have most piling onto Everton to win over Stoke City.

Stoke City (3-4-5) only recently put some distance between them and the relegation zone. However, three points clear still has them eyeing the drop nervously. They are in no way assured of safety yet.

Recent auspicious form augurs well for the Potters. They are undefeated in their last four games across all competitions. Since earning a victory over Birmingham City in League Cup action, Stoke have gone undefeated in Premier League with two draws and a win. They drew 1-1 to an in-form Southampton and 3-3 to Swansea City (the surprise package in Premier League) and beat hapless Sunderland 2-0 in the last lap.

The Potters will be hoping to take this newfound momentum to Goodison Park and capitalise on it with a meaningful result – such as a win or draw. Sportsbooks though aren’t convinced on either score listing the away win at soccer odds of +500 and the draw at +280 at Bet365. And given the hosts’ domestic form, if the Potters are to have a real shot at anything it most likely is the draw.

Everton vs. Stoke City betting tips and picks:

Everton’s home form is hard to argue against and as such it provides only two options for this game – either a home win by Everton at -175 or a draw at +280. Given that they are coming up against Stoke City, one would assume the former option leaps off the page as the most likely result. Simply put, Everton should be too much of a matchup for Stoke City. What’s more, Stoke’s win over Sunderland was their first in nine games, since beating West Ham United 1-0 at the start of the season. So hardly a recommendation for the Potters’ chances to blot Everton’s magnificent home record.

Therefore, we’re piling onto Everton to win at home over Stoke City at -175 at Bet365. We also quite like the Over 2.5 at +105. The real cream-of-the-lot choice for your soccer picks here has to be Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at +163 at Bet365. The Belgian national has hit fine form since arriving at Everton, scoring seven goals already. When he’s ripped through some of the best defences already, Stoke’s backline hardly strikes an intimidating pose.

Soccer Free Picks: Everton to win outright at -175; Over 2.5 at +105

Bonus Soccer Pick: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at +163