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Everton v Stoke: Fans in line for low scoring affair

| 24.12.2014

Stoke wins at Goodison Park are rarely seen, with just one victory for the Potters since 1981, so the Toffees are rightly priced as 3/4 favourites for this Boxing Day fixture.

Mark Hughes’ side can be backed to provide some festive cheers for the Britannia Road faithful at 4/1, while the draw is on at 13/5 with Ladbrokes.

With Everton unbeaten in five meetings with Stoke, the home win is certainly a tempting option, but for those looking for larger returns here are three top selections, as picked by James Curtis.

Under 2.5 goals @ 4/5

If you’re looking for banker material then this pick should be more reliable then the Everton win – especially after the Toffees were stuffed 3-0 by Southampton last time out.

The Merseysiders may have dominated this fixture when playing at home but rarely have they dominated Stoke, with 14 of the last 20 games seeing fewer than three goals.

Romalu Lukaku to score first @ 9/2

After putting through his own net to set Southampton on the way to victory Lukaku will be keen to make amends here.

The Belgian is Everton’s top scorer in the league with six strikes this year and with just over 66 per cent of those strikes coming first in games the home striker is worth backing.

Peter Crouch to score first @ 8/1

Number crunchers and bigger odds lovers alike will appreciate this pick with the big man top scoring for Stoke with four strikes so far.

As the Potters’ primary goal supplier and with 75 per cent of his strikes opening the scoring in games this season the 8/1 on Stoke taking a shock lead through the former England man looks too good to pass up.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.