Stoke are favourites to build on their impressive home record in the Europa League when they face Turkish side Besiktas this evening.
The Potters are unbeaten in the four European home games they have played to date in a run which stretches back to the club’s 3-1 win against Kaiserslautern in September 1972.
Meanwhile, Tony Pulis’ side have not lost home or away in Europe in their last seven matches, which helps to explain why they are 3/4 favourites to pick up three points from their Group E fixture, with a draw priced at 5/2 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
As Premier League leaders Manchester United found out on Saturday, the Britannia Stadium is a difficult place to play for opposition teams.
United managed a 1-1 draw against Stoke but could easily have lost the game, despite being 1-0 up at the interval.
Chelsea and Liverpool have also tried their luck and failed to pick up three points in the Potteries this season, suggesting there is little value in backing a Besiktas win at odds of 15/4.
Indeed, with the Turkish side having lost their last two Europa League ties without scoring a goal, they may not even hit the back of the net.
This makes a bet on Besiktas failing to score attractive at odds of 23/20, as well as Stoke to win to nil at odds of 33/20.
A successful £25 free bet on Stoke to win to nil would return £66.25, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
And with Stoke only scoring more than once in one of their matches at the Britannia so far this season, a bet on them to win 1-0 could pay off at odds of 5/1.
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