Jonathan Woodgate is expected to play in Stoke colours for the first time as the Potters take on Brentford in a pre-season friendly this evening.
The former Tottenham defender signed for Stoke on a free transfer earlier this summer and is on the road back to full fitness having missed much of last two seasons through injury.
Stoke are 13/20 favourites to win the match at Griffin Park although, with Woodgate keen to impress new boss Tony Pulis, a better bet could be on at least one of the teams failing to score in the match at odds of 19/20.
However, this would ignore the fact that both sides are in good goalscoring form, with Stoke having notched 12 in their last two games and Brentford having plundered 16 in the same timeframe.
As such, a bet on there being more than 3.5 goals in the match at odds of 39/20 could prove tempting.
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That said, the calibre of opposition both teams have been playing of late could mean this prediction is based on unstable foundations.
Stoke’s 12 goals have come against Newport YCMA and Newcastle Town, while Brentford have been pitting their wits against Tonbridge Angels and Hampton and Richmond Borough.
Nevertheless, Stoke striker Jon Walters believes his side are already in good shape, suggesting the Potters are ready to continue their goalscoring hot-streak against more proficient opposition.
Bees boss Uwe Rosler is also confident, declaring himself “delighted” with the way his team’s preparation has gone so far.
Brentford are priced at 17/5 to win this evening, while a draw is available at 13/5.
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