Stoke City take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday November 7 and it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of the football betting offers at bet365.
Mark Hughes’ side hold a two-point advantage over the defending Premier League – after Chelsea’s disastrous start to the season continues to see them slip up. The Potters – who sit one place above the Blues in 14th spot in the Premier League table – will fancy their chances of bullying Chelsea’s frail backline and picking up three points at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke had been in a rich vein of form having bagged three successive wins over Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Swansea. However, a loss to Watford coupled with a draw at Newcastle United last time out will have disappointed Hughes and he will hope to return to winning ways against a club he represented as a player.
The pressure has increased on Jose Mourinho in recent weeks and, with three defeats in his last four games in the Premier League, the Chelsea boss knows his side must start and produce results on a constant basis.
With the gap to league leaders Manchester City at 14 points already going into this weekend’s fixtures, Chelsea fans will be praying that their side can reproduce the performance they were treated to in this fixture last season – as John Terry and Cesc Fabregas scored in each half to secure a 2-0 win for the eventual champions three days prior to Christmas.
Bore Draw Money Back
Stoke have kept three clean sheets in their last four Premier League clashes, while Chelsea have conceded nine goals in that time. With the Potters enduring a goalless stalemate against Newcastle on the back of a 0-2 defeat to Watford, they will look to take advantage of the defensive frailties of the defending champions and get back to goalscoring ways in front of his own fans.
Most punters will of course be hoping for an entertaining game with goals galore but, if that’s not the case and the game does indeed finish 0-0, punters staking on the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Scorecast markets for Stoke v Chelsea with bet365 will at least have their bets protected by a refund of losing stakes thanks to the firm’s bore-draw promotion.
Each-Way First Goalscorers
Jonathan Walters has scored four goals in all competitions already this season, so should be a popular choice in the First Goalscorer market – as he looks to open the scoring for the second time in three games.
Mame Biram Diouf is hot on Walters heels in the goalscoring charts, with a trio of goals in the Premier League to his name this season and will hope to pull level with the Irishman with a goal against the current Premier League holders.
With two goals to their names, both Marko Arnautovic and Bojan Krkic will provide support to Stoke’s top scorers and could be considered for outside bets to break the deadlock on Saturday.
Willian notched in the Champions League group stage for the third time on Wednesday, to grab the winner against Dynamo Kiev. With a further two strikes in the Premier League, he will look to get in amongst the goals and so their should be plenty of punters who will be happy to take a chance on the Brazilian winger to open the scoring.
Diego Costa is expected to lead the line against Stoke and, with only two Premier League goals to his name, the Spaniard will surely be identifying this game as a chance to add to that tally.
Meanwhile, Loic Remy will hope to get the chance to keep up his fine form against the Potters if given the nod on Saturday evening – as he has scored three goals in three league games against Stoke.
A great feature at bet365 is the ability to back each-way first goalscorers – settled on all goalscorers at 1/3 odds for unlimited places in 90 minutes play. It means that you can have an each-way First Goalscorer bet on Stoke v Chelsea and be safe in the knowledge that bet365 will pay out if your player scores anytime during the game.
Partial Cash Out
There is another safety net offered by bet365, with the option to Cash Out your bet in-play if the game looks to be going against your bet or you just want to be sure of a profit.
With this feature, you can Cash Out a bet in its entirety or you can partially Cash Out your bet and leave the remainder of your stake to run.
If you’re heading for a winning bet but the other team is threatening to score, you can cut and run with the returns that bet365 offer at that time by clicking on the Cash Out button located below your selection(s).