Stoke City remain unbeaten in the group stages of the Europa League, and go into Thursday night’s clash with Dinamo Kiev as 13/10 favourites to keep their impressive record intact with a win.
Having secured a draw in Ukraine during the opening week of fixtures, Tony Pulis’s side will go into the game at the Britannia Stadium full of confidence.
Despite having only 26.3% of the possession, Stoke held a lead until the 90th minute and only a stoppage-time equaliser from Ognjen Vukojevic prevented the English side returning with all three points.
With Stoke sitting pretty at the top of Group E with ten points from their four matches, a draw at home to Kiev would guarantee their progress to the last 32 and therefore could be worth backing at odds of 11/5.
Considering the Potters have a tricky trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday, it is conceivable that boss Tony Pulis and his side will have one eye on the important Premier League tie.
Crouchy has already netted twice in the Europa League and a Premier League goal against Blackburn on Saturday will have the big man brimming with confidence. It may be worth a bet on him to score at any time during the 90 minutes, which is priced at 7/5.
For punters with this mindset and believing that Dinamo Kiev could pounce upon Stoke’s possible lapse in concentration, the away side are available at odds of 21/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
The points are seemingly more crucial to the side from Ukraine if they intend to progress in this competition as they sit third in Group E, a point behind Besiktas, who currently occupy the second qualifying spot.
Looking at the goalscorer markets, lanky forward Peter Crouch catches the eye at tasty odds of 5/1 to break the deadlock.
Crouchy has already netted twice in the Europa League and a Premier League goal against Blackburn on Saturday will have the big man brimming with confidence.
If the England hitman does not find the net first, then it may still be worth a bet on him to score at any time during the 90 minutes, which is priced at 7/5.
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When scouring the names of the Kiev players, one name immediately sticks out – Andriy Shevchenko. The former Chelsea striker, now aged 35, has yet to open his account in Europe this season, but is 2/1 to score at any time at the Britannia on Thursday evening.
All in all, it looks set to be another tight affair when the two sides meet again and a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from their first meeting would not disappoint either manager, or any punters who have backed this outcome at odds of 5/1.
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