Stoke deservedly held Manchester United to a draw on Saturday and if they can earn a point against the champions then surely Tony Pulis’ charges can collect all three as they host Besiktas in the Europa League.
The Potters are 10/11 with Betfred to send the Turkish outfit home empty-handed and in what should be a low-scoring affair, featuring fewer than 2.5 goals (4/6, Stan James), City can also be backed at 8/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes to notch twice without reply.
Skybet combine a Stoke victory with a clean sheet at 2/1 and at the other end Peter Crouch, who opened his Potters account at the weekend against United, is a 6/1 shot via to break the Britannia Stadium deadlock
Tottenham clearly aren’t prioritising the Europa League and will again make a host changes with half an eye on Sunday’s north London showdown with neighbours Arsenal but Spurs’ fringe players should still have too much for Shamrock Rovers.
Boylesports make Harry Redknapp’s charges just 1/7 to see off their Irish opponents and they’re 8/11 (bet365) to win without conceding. Meanwhile, Skybet offer a double on both Stoke and Tottenham to win ‘to nil’ at 4/1.
North of the border, Celtic entertain Serie A side Udinese and although the Italians lost star striker Alexis Sanchez over the summer, they can still nick a point at Parkhead, a result Sportingbet chalk up at 9/4.