Tomorrow’s FA Cup final sees Stoke take on the might and wealth of Manchester City.
However, while Roberto Mancini’s side are firm favourites for the Wembley clash, the Italian knows his men will have a tough time lifting the trophy for the first time since he was 11 years old.
It has been 35 years since the famous old pot went north to the blue side of Manchester and City’s recent form against Stoke makes bwin’s 7/2 odds on the Potters winning seem very attractive indeed.
A successful £10 bet on Tony Pulis’ side would return £45, while a similar stake on City would pay out £17.50 at odds of 3/4 if the Eastlands side are victorious.
Wagers on a 1-1 draw in normal time might be sensible, with three such results in the last five games between the two.
At 13/2 on this result, successful punters would walk away with £75 from a bet of £10, while those predicting a draw of any kind in normal time will get football betting odds of 49/20.
With just one win in the last five games against the Potters, Mancini knows Stoke pose a huge threat to his chances of picking up his first silverware as City boss.
“Stoke are a strong team and a very difficult team. To think they are an easy team would be a mistake,” he said.
“If we want to win we need to play very well. We should pay attention in every situation. We cannot concede anything.”
The 46-year-old went as far as suggesting Pulis’ men would be a sterner test than bitter rivals Manchester United posed in the semi-final.
Those who think the match will go all the way to penalties might wish to take a gamble on their favoured side, with bwin offering odds of 11/1 on each team.
This means that a successful £10 bet on Stoke or Manchester City winning from the spot would return £120.
Meanwhile, football betting odds on Stoke winning in extra time are a huge 12/1, meaning a £10 wager on the Potters would return £130 if this comes to pass.
A successful £10 stake on Kenwyne Jones scoring the first goal of the game in regular time would see bwin pay out £85. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.