Since gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2008, Stoke have turned the Britannia into a fortress and remain unbeaten at home this season.
Having already taken points off Manchester United and Liverpool, the Potters fear no-one but will need to be at their best to beat a Newcastle side on an even better run as one of only two teams without a league defeat this season.
With both sides having strong claims for the win, a draw could be a good option at 9/4, particularly as draws have accounted for nearly half of the games involving Stoke or Newcastle this season.
But with Stoke such a strong proposition at home, they look good to justify their status as 11/10 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with Newcastle 5/2 to claim a third away win of the season.
In a match between the league’s best defence in Newcastle, who have conceded 0.67 goals per game, and the side whose games have yielded the least total goals (18) in Stoke, a low-scoring affair is very likely.
As such, betting on under 1.5 goals to be scored at 37/20 or on exactly one goal to be scored seems the best way to go at 31/10.
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Stoke’s style means teams are often battered into submission, as evidenced by the number of late goals they have scored so far this season, with more than half their strikes coming in the final 15 minutes.
With any late goal likely to be decisive, backing Stoke to win after being level at half-time at 17/4 in bwin’s half-time/ full-time is worth also considering.
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