Newcastle vs. Stoke Betting Matchup
Newcastle United has been one of the hotter teams in the EPL and with their solid play they have moved up to sixth in the league table. They are a home favorite in their midweek match facing 10th place side Stoke City.
While Stoke City is not as hot as Newcastle they are playing well unbeaten in their last four matches (2 wins 2 draws) and in that span they beat Chelsea.
5Dimes has Newcastle as the rather big home favorite at -125 with Stoke City at +400 and a draw line at +275.
Newcastle has not moved up the league standings by beating bottom feeders, but has beaten some solid teams. In their last eight matches they have six wins with one loss and one draw. In that span they have beaten Chelsea and what is more impressive they beat Tottenham and Manchester United on the road.
Newcastle has only conceded two goals in their last three matches and they have shored up their defense after struggling on that side of the pitch in their first several matches.
Stoke City’s defense has been decent as of late and they really need to key on Newcastle’s Loïc Remy, who leads the squad with eight goals. If they can keep him and Yoan Gouffran (5 goals) in check they have a good shot to win this match. [ See the latest EPL odds and injury updates at Bet365 ]
Stoke must play good D, as their offense is a less than dynamic one. They have scored the fewest goals of any team in the top 13 and Charlie Adam is their leading scorer and he only has four goals. Peter Crouch (3 goals) plays for Stoke and Newcastle has to be wary for him on high balls and set pieces because of his major height advantage.
The next few matches for Stoke are killer, as after Newcastle they face the top 10 sides of Tottenham, Everton, and Liverpool in their next three matches.
Last season at home Newcastle beat Stoke City 2-1.