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Bet365 Betting On Stoke

Published on: 12/04/2017

Stoke City F.C. started life as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, before becoming Stoke in 1878, and finally settling on Stoke City in 1925. However, despite winning 6 lower-league titles in their long history, they have never been crowned Champions of England, even when they had the brilliant Sir Stanley Matthews on the books. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the ways you might consider betting on Stoke.

Stoke Premier Leaguer Betting

The chances of Stoke winning the Premier League are slim at best though, after Leicester won the 2015/16 Premier League Title, you should never say never. However, since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008, they have done little to suggest that a Premier Leaguer Title is imminent. Since their promotion, they have finished 12th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 13th, 9th, 9th and 9th, and they look likely to fill a similar mid-table position in the 2016/17 season. Manager Mark Hughes managed to get them to finish in the top-half of the table in his first three seasons in charge, but no further progression has been forthcoming this season. Indeed, after point-totals of 50, 54 and 51 in the last 3 seasons, they look more likely to regress to something like the 45, 47, 46, 45 and 42 point-totals they managed in their first 5 seasons in the top-flight. However, it`s worth noting that Stoke made an unusually slow start to the 2016/17 season and, if you can get odds-against for a top-half finish for the 2017/18 season, it may offer some value. The other way to bet on Stoke to win the Premier League may be in the handicaps, and a start of around 40-points for next season would be very tempting. Alternatively, if you think the Stoke Board may be disappointed by their team`s regression this season, you might want to consider backing Mark Hughes to be the next manager to leave his position.

The FA Cup

Stoke agonisingly made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1899, 1971 and 1972, but finally got to the final in 2011. Unfortunately, they lost 1-0 to Manchester City. They remain a team that’s capable of beating anyone on their day but, with the top-5/top-6 teams winning over 90% of FA Cup final since the turn of the century, they remain unlikely winners, though could make another final if the draw is kind to them.

The EFL Cup

Stoke lost their first major Cup Final in the League Cup in 1964, but made amends with victory in the 1972 League Cup to claim their one and only major trophy. Statistically, the EFL Cup certainly gives the lower-placed Premier League Teams a better chance of success than the FA Cup, but 45-years without a final appearance suggests you`d want a big-price about Stoke to win it anytime soon.

Europe

Stoke`s FA Cup runner-up finish in 2011 earned them entry into the following season`s UEFA Europa League, though they had to win a third-qualifying-round match and a play-off-round match to get to the Group-Stages. They exceeded expectations by finishing second in their Group, but then lost both legs of their round-of-32 match against Valencia 1-0.

Published on: 12/04/2017 © Bet Bind