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Stoke primed to stick latest spanner in Chelsea’s title works

| 04.04.2014

Chelsea are wobbling at just the wrong time in the title race.

The Blues have recorded successive away defeats and although Stamford Bridge remains a fortress, next up are a Stoke side bang-in form, who also beat them 3-2 in a dramatic victory at the Britannia.

Predicting a win for Mark Hughes’ Potters looks a little bold at 11/1, though there is plenty to get excited about surrounding the 4/1 on them gathering a point and keeping their five-game unbeaten streak going.

Although Jose Mourinho’s 2/7 favourites beat Arsenal 6-0 on their last home appearance, this Stoke side – who have taken 13 of the last 15 points available to them – are unlikely to offer such a buttery texture.

Only one team (Southampton) have managed to find the back of Asmir Begovic’s net more than once during Stoke’s last 12 Premier League outings, which includes games against the Gunners and Manchester City.

And given Samuel Eto’o, Chelsea’s most reliable recent source of goals, is set to miss out through injury, it could be a low-scoring affair as it was when Stoke succumbed 1-0 to Oscar’s solitary FA Cup goal at the Bridge in January.

There is no small appeal to the coupled correct score of 0-0 or 1-1 as a result, while the 1/1 about fewer than 2.5 total goals in the match is equally worthy of consideration.

If there are to be goals, there is no-one in better form in front of the onion bag on either side than Peter Odemwingie.

A revelation since joining up with Stoke, the Nigerian striker is looking for a fourth Premier League goal in as many games and is priced up delightfully at 6/1 to notch anytime in the 90 minutes.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.