Stoke vs Birmingham – Return to Britannia can change Stoke’s luck
Tony Pulis spent most of his time following Stoke’s loss to Sunderland complaining to anyone that would listen about the run of bad luck his side have suffered.
In fairness to Pulis Lee Cattermole’s handball on the line did deny Kenwyne Jones a goal, and the Stoke fans hope a return to the Britannia stadium may improve the Potters luck.
Stoke have lost four Premier League games in a row, their worst run in the top flight since they suffered relegation in 1985, but three of those games were away from home and the home tie was against Manchester United.
But they will have to beat Birmingham without Ryan Shawcross who is serving his one match suspension after being sent-off in the game with Sunderland – Stoke are 11/10 to win.
Alex McLeish saw his side show tremendous fight to twice come back from a goal down against West Ham on Saturday, but his Birmingham side are yet to win away from St Andrews this season and this is reflected in their 5/2 price to beat Stoke.
Don’t expect there to be many goals in this fixture, the last six ties between the two teams have produced a meagre three goals and the 0-0 draw is priced at 8/1.
Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones is now without a goal in his last five games and Stoke are struggling to find forwards that can help ease the pressure on their £8m rated striker.
Which would explain why Stoke have managed just 11 goals in their 11 Premier League games, but Birmingham’s record is just as poor, managing an almost as paltry 12.
If a side is to win this game, it is likely to be by the single goal margin and both teams are available at 7/1 to win 1-0.
Total goals under 1.5 is priced at 2/1 in the Championship betting market. See the full Stoke City vs Birmingham betting odds here.