To the neutral at least, Stoke against Burnley does not instantly leap off the Premier League fixture list as a potential box office smash.
In fact, at first glance, the Potters v Clarets clash looks a prime candidate to wind up at the yawn-inducing end of the famed Match of the Day running order and it can be backed at 5/2 to do so.
There is however strong evidence to suggest this unfashionable fixture could yet give Gary Lineker and co a real problem in deciding just which highlights get left on the cutting room floor.
That is because the Britannia Stadium crowd are in for a treat when Burnley roll into town displaying a newfound bolshiness, thanks to a first maximum points haul of the season against Hull last time out.
With Sean Dyche’s charges now willing to take it to any team, the conditions are set fair for a goal-filled game and, any bwinners looking for a way to profit from the entertainment should start their bidding at 3/4 on over 2.5 total goals.
After all, this wager would have brought home the bacon in each of Stoke’s last three matches, and in five of the Britannia-based outfit’s last six in all competitions.
But stopping there would be folly, as half of those – as well as four of Burnley’s last half-dozen league matches – have risen higher than the 3.5 total goals mark, making the 5/2 on a repeat of this tally the bet of choice from bwin’s extensive menu.
If Mark Hughes has done anything since taking charge of the Potters, it is transform Stoke into a far more carefree attacking force, though this metamorphosis isn’t without pitfalls.
Namely, Sparky’s mob have kept their sheets unsullied just twice in 11 top-flight games and only once at home.
Meanwhile, Burnley’s last three away dates in the top flight have seen an average of exactly three goals end up nestled in Tom Heaton’s net.
It is therefore time to jump on the both-teams-to-score bandwagon with every confidence at 91/100 and make sure you get back from the boozer early if you want to catch extensive highlights of this 3-2 home win at 29/1.