Tempting Soccer Pick: Stoke City +150 to Win Outright vs. Everton in Premier League Betting

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 1:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015 1:37 PM UTC

In midweek Premier League betting, Stoke City look to extend their winning form to three in a row when they host a struggling Everton side. Here's a preview on this highly anticipated clash complete with soccer free picks.

Stoke City Win Two In A Row
Going into match day 28, Stoke City boast a two-game winning streak having beaten Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park and Hull City 1-0 at Britannia Stadium. A good run of form that sets up an inviting clash at the Potteries on Wednesday and a battle for three points the Potters must fancy their chances to come to the good.  

The Potters capitalised on a pivotal schedule slot that offered them a realistic shot at six-points. Neither the Villans nor the Tigers struck a particularly fearsome pose ahead of their respective dates and when the pair subsequently demonstrated a baffling lack of adventure through 180 minutes of football combined, there was no doubt in soccer betting circles about which side deserved the victory in each game.

As the Potteries gears up for a second straight Premier League round, the sports betting floor is buzzing with action. From consensus bets, it's apparent the public feels Everton will give Stoke City a run for its money as the notional home favourites at +150 Soccer Odds to win outright when they attempt a third straight win, which would mark their best run of form in English top flight this season.

This public betting trend may be partly down to inflated perceptions about Everton, which were raised after last season's impressive account. It may also be down to modest expectations for Stoke City. To date, the Potters have only mustered up a two-game winning streak in Premier League betting. A three-game winning streak would set a new form standard.  (It's worth noting there was a run of three straight wins that featured two Premier League games and an FA Cup win sandwiched in between.)

However, no matter how the Potters are perceived generally, there's no doubt they are riding the crest of a wave of good from right now. They are up to fourth in the league's form table with ten points from their last six home games (3-1-2), eleven points from their last six away games (3-2-1) and 13 points from their last six overall games (4-1-1). And just like that, it's a good time to be a Stoke City fan

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Everton Continue To Struggle In Top Flight
Everton's Premier League campaign continues to baffle soccer bettors. After a stellar run last year, high hopes preceded Roberto Martinez's Everton into the 2014-2015 Premier League season. Alas, 27 rounds deep, the Toffees are sat precariously in the bottom-half of the table and just six-points clear of the drop. Indeed, soccer odds are available for Everton to be relegated. It actually coming about is another matter entirely though because at a whopping +5000 price tag it's doesn't appear to be a fancied outcome across sportsbook platforms.

The Toffees are without a win in their last four Premier League games overall. What's more, they have just one win in their last 8 road games. Appropriately, that poor run of form has Everton installed as the underdogs at +210 to win outright at the Potteries on Wednesday.  Yet, overwhelmingly, soccer bettors are pounding Everton's odds to win this game outright, with the top bets backing a 2-0 or 3-1 win at Britannia Stadium, score Soccer Picks trading at +1400 and +2800 at Bet365, respectively.

Just by those soccer odds, one should get a sense of just how slim the chances are that such an outcome would arise. Much more reasonable odds are trading on a 1-0 win by Everton at +800. For that matter, the shortest price is on a 1-1 draw at +550 followed by a 1-0 win by Stoke at +700.


Soccer Betting Verdict
On paper, the Toffees boast a lot of talent and depth. Such that should make them a better side than Stoke City are qualitatively. Under the circumstances, with Everton trending negatively in the table (down from 12th to 14th after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the weekend), they hardly strike a convincing pose on the soccer odds board. By that same token, based on current form that is, Stoke City strike a tempting pose as the +150 soccer pick to win outright.

Soccer Free Picks: Stoke City +147 at BetOnline

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