Chelsea are odds-on at 20/21 with BetVictor to account for Stoke’s unbeaten home record but that price looks a touch short given the difficulty of the assignment and the fact that the Blues have lost two of their last three in all competitions.
There’s a reason that nobody has plundered three points from the Potters on their own patch and with Tony Pulis’ men, Betfred’s 10/3 outsiders, unlikely to change their approach for this one, it’s hard to recommend a flutter on Rafa Benitez’s troops.
Indeed, Stoke have drawn five of their last seven league and cup contests so Coral’s 5/2 for the spoils to be shared is arguably the best bet in this one, although an equally attractive proposition in match that’s 10/11 with BetVictor to see both teams net, is the same firm’s 8/5, chalked against new boy Demba Ba notching at any point for the visitors.
At Goodison Park, Everton can boost their hopes of securing a European berth by beating Swansea for the second time this term, an outcome Ladbrokes quote at 8/13 but as the Toffees can’t stop conceding, it’s worth taking a bit more of a risk on Merseyside by backing David Moyes’ charges at 6/5 (bet365) to prevail in a match that produces three or more goals.
At the bottom, Stan James post 12/5 against Aston Villa and Southampton sharing the spoils but survival setbacks are on the cards for Reading and Wigan, who are 6/4 and evens respectively at Betfred and BetVictor, to lose to West Brom and Fulham.
Finally, at Carrow Road, ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is 6/5 with Paddy Power to guide Norwich to a victory over his old club and it’s 12/5 via BetVictor for Sunderland and West Ham to be inseparable at the Stadium of Light.
Double on West Brom and Fulham – 15/4 (Totesport)
Draw double: Stoke v Chelsea & Aston Villa v Southampton – 10/1 (Skybet)
Demba Ba to score at any time – 8/5 (BetVictor)
Everton to beat Swansea and over 2.5 goals in match – 6/5 (bet365)