As far as records at the Britannia Stadium go, Tottenham Hotspur’s is pretty good.
Supporting spirits will be buoyed ahead of their 2015/16 visit by a return of four wins from seven trips since they have shared Premier League status with Stoke City.
Should Spurs make it five from eight this evening, they’ll move to within five points of Leicester City with four games remaining and a price of 7/10 suggests they shouldn’t have much trouble doing so.
By contrast, the hosts have assumed the position of underdog, able to back at 4/1, leaving the draw as a 14/5 shot.
Such is the imbalance in odds that a Stoke double-chance wager pays at a staggeringly-sizeable 23/20 and, based on their previous exploits on the homestead, this punt looks as good as free money.
The following are the six teams to have visited the Britannia this term and won: Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton. Only two of these are located above the Premier League’s waistband.
Of this half-dozen failures, three came within the first five home matches of the campaign, which means the Potters faithful have witnessed just a trio of reverses in the league since mid-October.
Since then they’ve beaten six visitors and drawn with a two.
Their list of vanquished foes includes Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, while Leicester and Arsenal were only capable of leaving with a point.
The sum total of points the Premier League’s top-five clubs have procured from the Potteries this season stands at two, with the Foxes the only member of the quintet able to find the net.
Across all competitions, Aston Villa are the only team Spurs have been able to beat on their travels in the five road fixtures that have fallen since mid-February.
These opposing fortunes are not represented in the match odds ahead of kick off, meaning Stoke must be backed to avoid defeat.