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Stoke v Everton: short supply of goals in store at Britannia

| 01.05.2012

Stoke are charged with the task of halting in-form Everton on Tuesday night, attributed a 17/10 price for a home win.

Their visitors are 7/4 for success meanwhile, and will travel to the Britannia Stadium brimming with confidence after a draw away to Manchester United, and emphatic home victories over Fulham and Sunderland.

The draw is a 21/10 shot, which could tempt many punters struggling to separate the inconsistent home side from their much improved travellers.

It is worth noting that this fixture has failed to produce goals in abundance in recent times, with the past four encounters between these sides reaping only four strikes.

In the same amount of meetings, not one match has featured a goal from both sides, and so the 1/1 odds against both teams registering here appear very generous.

Either side is a 5/2 option to keep a clean sheet in the match, whilst both teams are afforded odds of 10/3 to win the game to nil.

Punters willing to invest in these markets should remember that Stoke have won two of the past three games without conceding, whilst the Toffees have triumphed without being breached on one occasion in that time.

8/1 odds are available on no goals being scored in the match, which was the result the last time these teams played out a stalemate, though caution should be paid to this price in light of Everton’s recent form.

The Toffees, unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings, do look superb value at 5/4 to win or draw a game which involves two or less goals, and end a run of back-to-back losses against Tony Pulis’ men.

A key factor in their league resurgence this term has been the emergence of Nikica Jelavic, with the Croatian posting a superb nine goal return since joining in January.

The former Rangers man has six goals in his last five matches, and is 9/2 to get the opener on Tuesday.



John Klee