Even if Stoke’s European record at the Britannia wasn’t so impressive, a win for Maccabi Tel-Aviv would be a long shot given the Israeli side’s struggles away from home of late.
As it is, a win for Maccabi should be avoided at all costs by punters, even at the quoted price of 27/4 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Indeed, even a draw at 16/5 looks like a distant prospect with Maccabi having lost 11 of their last 13 away European ties.
With Stoke yet to taste defeat at home in Europe since they made their competitive continental debut against Kaiserslautern in September 1972, their status as 21/50 favourites is well justified.
However, punters are unlikely to be too tempted by that price and a bet on Stoke to win without conceding a goal might hold more appeal at odds of 23/20.
In their eight home matches so far this season, Stoke have kept five clean sheets, with Chelsea and Liverpool among the teams to have failed to hit the back of the net.
With Maccabi far from prolific – they have only scored three goals in their last four Europa League matches – a home win to nil looks to hold value.
A successful £25 free bet on Stoke to beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv without conceding would return £53.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Alternatively, a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win for Stoke could be a good option in the multiple correct score market given the Potters have only managed 12 goals in their eight home fixtures this season.
As such, they are unlikely to put too many past their opponents on Thursday.
The 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 bet is available at 29/20, meaning it would pay out marginally more than a similar sized wager on a Stoke win to nil.
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