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Stoke v Swansea: Potters to send relegation reminder to visitors

| 11.02.2014

Stoke can leapfrog Swansea if victorious at the Britannia Stadium in a clash that could set the tone for the remainder of their respective campaigns.

Mark Hughes’ Potters are 8/5 to claim maximum points at home against the visitors for the third season in a row.

The draw, an outcome that’s occurred only once in the pair’s last 10 combined games, is available at 11/5, with a Swansea win priced at 9/5.

Arguably, this contest is a proverbial six-pointer with both sides staring over their shoulders at the Premier League trap door as those below attempt to drag them into a relegation scrap.

The hosts face Manchester City and Arsenal in the coming weeks while the Swans’ next four away trips are to Liverpool, the Gunners and Everton respectively.

Having lost six of their last nine away fixtures, the Welsh outfit will realise that taking vital points here could be  just the inspiration they need ahead of those daunting journeys.

But Stoke are unlikely to be in charitable mood, especially at their home fortress where they’ve lost just once in their previous nine league games, with victories over Chelsea and Manchester United registered in that period.

Striker Peter Crouch salvaged a point in the hosts’ recent 2-2 draw at Southampton and will be expected to lead the line again alongside fellow frontman Peter Odemwingie.

The former England hitman has netted twice in his last three Premier League games on home turf against Swansea and is 11/2 to open proceedings as well as a value price of 7/4 to score at any time.

Odemwingie notched his first goal for Stoke against the Saints and can be found at 8/1 to net first and 5/2 just to get on the scoresheet.

For the visitors they’ll be hoping eight-goal striker Wilfried Bony can start firing their side to success away from home.

All of the Dutchman’s Premier League strikes have come at the Liberty Stadium but he’s another 11/4 shout to score at any time and find his shooting boots on the road.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.