Norwich are 3/2 favourites to beat Stoke at Carrow Road this afternoon, with a draw at 9/4.
However, I fully expect Stoke to have too much for the Canaries and am therefore backing them to win at odds of 7/4.
Granted, the Potters will have to recover quickly from their Thursday night Europa League tie on a plastic pitch in Switzerland.
That said, Tony Pulis is not the sort of manager who will accept excuses from his players if they fail to show their superiority in this Sunday fixture.
With this in mind, the Potters will surely get the better of the Canaries this afternoon, particularly given their impressive record against recently-promoted sides.
Stoke’s away record has fallen short in the Premier League but two of their three away day victories last season came against teams returning to the top flight – including a comprehensive 3-0 mauling of West Brom.
The previous year they left the homes of newcomers Burnley, Wolves and Birmingham with three draws and only a single goal conceded.
For this reason, the odds of 19/20 offered on Stoke in bwin’s 2Way football betting market look tasty. Stakes returned on the draw should appeal to the more conservative punter.
But to my mind – and I know there are many Norwich fans who disagree with this assessment given Paul Lambert’s record in charge of the Norfolk club – Norwich’s policy of buying from lower leagues rather than go for players with Premier League experience is a costly mistake.
As such, established Premier League team Stoke should prove well capable of putting their opponents to the sword and can be backed to overturn a one goal handicap at 5/1, meaning any new punter using their £25 free bet would find themselves £150 richer should Stoke win by two goals or more.
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