Stoke’s 1-0 victory in Switzerland last week leaves them firmly in the driving seat ahead of this evening’s Europa League play-off second leg against FC Thun at the Britannia Stadium.
Danny Pugh’s first-half strike separates the teams following a first leg which saw relatively few goalscoring opportunities and just six attempts on target for either side.
With three wins in Europe so far this campaign, bwin’s 3Way football betting market suggests the Potters will maintain their 100 per cent record, with a Stoke victory priced at 2/5.
A draw can be backed at 57/20, while the largely unfancied FC Thun’s chances of causing an upset are given odds of 25/4.
Now into their fourth consecutive Premier League season, Stoke have established themselves in the top flight, which is due in large part to their impressive form at the Britannia Stadium.
Fourteen wins and eight clean sheets at home in all competitions ensured a 13th placed finish and FA Cup final appearance for Tony Pulis’ side last season.
They also managed to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in their opening league fixture this term, and a similar scoreline in tonight’s game has been priced at 8/1.
Fixtures involving Stoke so far this campaign have been far from goal frenzies, with just one match seeing more than one goal, and odds of 23/10 can be had for fewer than 1.5 goals in this match.
Having picked up 1-0 victories in each of their European ties, and without the influential Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth through suspension, a 1-0 Stoke win at 23/4 should also be considered by football betting fans.
A £25 free bet on Stoke to win 1-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £168.75.
FC Thun currently lead the way in the Swiss Super league with four wins and two draws from their opening six fixtures, which included a 2-0 away win at Young Boys on Sunday.
They will however have to make do without goalkeeper David Da Costa after his red card in the first leg.
Stoke left it late last weekend as they salvaged a point away at newly promoted Norwich City after a stoppage-time strike from Kenwyne Jones levelled the scores at 1-1 to maintain their unbeaten start.
But don’t expect them to leave it so late this time round, with a Stoke win at half-time and full-time at 11/10 looking like a good bet.
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