Manchester City heads to Stoke this weekend and looks to remain unbeaten in the early stages of the Premier League season. Stoke is known as one of the toughest places to play in England’s top flight as it has the reputation of hosting some of the worst weather in the country.
Man City and Pep Guardiola failed to impress in their season opener vs Sunderland. Although they won the game 2-1, they carried a 1-1 draw into the late stages of a fixture with a team that is a significant relegation risk this year. Their offense was boring as well as undynamic and they were vulnerable on the counter-attack. City supporters were happy to get the three points but may be in for a reality check as they face much stiffer competition this weekend.
Stoke, on the other hand, did very well to earn a draw against a newly promoted Middlesbrough team that a has a chance to finish middle of the table. Their defending did beg some questions, however, and could be left exposed to the high-octane attack possessed by Manchester. They will have to tighten up at the back end if they hope to keep Sergio Aguero at bay.
Manchester has been deemed the -145 road favorite by online shop [custom:bodog-link] so there is some value in Stoke who are offering a +380 moneyline. As mentioned, Stoke is always a good play at home and could expose a City team that has yet to find it’s groove.
|Stoke City||+.5 (+115)||+380||2.5 (-130) OVER|
|Manchester City||-.5 (-145)||-145||2.5 (+105) UNDER|
Odds as of August 19 at [custom:bodog-link]
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