Soccer Picks: Fulham vs. Stoke City Tips & Odds

Mike Richardson

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:28 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 6:28 PM GMT

Two sides in Premier League difficulty face-off next weekend when Fulham host Stoke, but as it’s an ill wind that blows no one any money, we believe that this fixture offers up solid value for our soccer picks.

The most obvious stats about this game is that six of the last six meetings between these two sides have gone home side's way and the last two games have ended 1-0. The odds are on Fulham winning 1-0 is 6/1 and on Stoke winning by the same score is at 8/1. While saying what the obvious scores are, it's a good time to let you know predict Fulham to come out on top with your soccer picks, the choice will net you 5/1 while a Stoke victory is at 9/4 and a draw is at 23/10.

Enough with the obvious betting…WHERE’S THE EMONEY MIKE?

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I am not expecting a huge number of goals from this game as the last three meetings between the two sides have been decided by a single goal.

For the last five meetings between these two sides we've seen the winning side keep a clean sheet.

Taking up from where we finished the last paragraph that means you should investigate backing 2-1 to Fulham at XX8/1X and for the sake of parity 2-1 to Stoke is at soccer odds of 12/1.

Stoke are one of those sides who don’t seem to travel well and Fulham are currently one of the sides that can’t seem to win games, it can be one of those instances where something just has to give. 

If you don't think that anything is going to give you probably looking through the history books and found out that there's been 26 draws from the last 71 meetings between these two sides. 

Your Humble Handicapper thinks that as Fulham are under such pressure that something will give. So where does that leave us when placin gour sports picks?

At the time of press Fulham are just the wrong side of that dreaded dotted line and Stoke although they are three positions higher they are only three points better off. Fulham have a pretty dire goal difference looking at -5 already Stoke by comparison are  -2. And while it looks like both of the site can concede goals neither of these sides look very potent in front of the net.

I'd say it's certainly worth having a loose change bet on 0-0 (at 19/2) but as I said I have a feeling my bones that this game will see a winner. 

Fulham have only won once all season and Stoke are only won twice. I think home advantage and desperation and the fact that Martin Jol is 4/6 favourite to be the next manager shown his P-45 makes me think that the home side will come out on top.

You can gild the lily a little more by backing Fulham to win both halves, an option sportsbooks are offering at 5/2, but it might be safer to back the draw on the 45 and the home side coming out on top in the 90 at 4/1.

Prediction: Fulham win 2-0 available at 12/1 with BetVictor.
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