Stalemate In The Potteries
Back Stoke & Newcastle To Draw
Monday Night Football pits Stoke City against Newcastle United and Matt Le Tissier is on hand with football betting tips for the Premier League encounter.
Stoke have taken a while to get going this term after achieving their best ever finish in the Premier League last season. Mark Hughes masterminded an unexpected victory over his old club Man City before the Potters slipped to defeat against Leicester, but a draw at QPR and a Capital One Cup victory way to Sunderland means they could extend their unbeaten run to three games tonight. The home side have been inconsistent though, and no clean sheet in three outings is a slight concern ahead of tonight’s match.
Newcastle’s poor end of season form from the last campaign has shown no sign of abating and Alan Pardew’s side are still without a league success this season. They did manage to win, albeit after extra-time, against Crystal palace in the League Cup and that result may give them a shot in the arm for the next few fixtures. Emmanuel Rivière finally got off the mark for the Magpies with a brace in that match and he’ll be looking to boost his tally this evening, which would ease the pressure on his under-fire boss.
Matt Le Tissier Tips: “I can see the Toon Army faithful waiting a little while longer for their first win in the Premier League, but they have been amongst the goals lately and could cause Stoke one or two problems at the back. I fancy this one to end level and odds of 12/5 on the draw with Winner look fair enough, while the 1-1 Correct Score is worth a punt at Betvictor’s top price of 13/2.”
With no fresh injury worries, Mark Hughes could name an unchanged side to the one pegged back at the death against QPR last weekend. Peter Crouch grabbed a goal and an assist in that game and looks set to continue as a lone-striker with Charlie Adam in the hole, flanked either side by Diouf and Moses.
Tim Krul, Yoann Gouffran and Papiss Cisse should return to the Newcastle squad after missing the Crystal Palace victory through illness. The latter may have to settle for a spot on the bench in light of Rivière’s double, while Paul Dummet’s extra-time winner should see him retained at left-back.