Stoke travel to Aston Villa in hot pursuit of a maiden top-ten finish and they can bolster their chances of achieving their best league standing in history by recording a first ever Premier League win at Villa Park.
A price of 13/5 says Mark Hughes can steer his side to victory in comparison to the 11/10 supporting success for the claret-clad hosts, while a share of the spoils pays out at 11/5.
The Villans haven’t strung together a trio of consecutive base camp victories since August 2007, which makes the home side worth swerving in favour of an almost 7/10-rated draw or Stoke double chance punt.
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Here’s why they they will:
Manchester City are the only adversary in seven to get the better of the improving Potters.
Hughes’ Stoke revolution is gathering pace, with City’s scraped 1-0 win the only taste o defeat they’ve sampled since the dawn of February.
This run also includes clashes with Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as the Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Of the five Premier League meetings between these two in the west Midlands, four have ended all square.
The previous three renewals on Villa turf have yielded stalemates and with the Potters proving tough to stop of late coupled with the struggles Paul Lambert’s men face when trying to win successive home games, another tied contest looks likely.
Just three top-tier outfits have a worse home record than the Villans
Having failed to triumph in ten of their 15 seasonal home fixtures, it’s difficult to envisage Villa toppling a resurgent Stoke side.
The Staffordshire set up have an equally poor record on the road, unable to prevail in 14 of their 15 adventures beyond the confines of the Potteries.