After a much bemoaned international break the Premiership makes its returns, with Stoke City playing host to League Champions Manchester City (Saturday 15th September at 15:00 GMT). With most managers hoping that their players will return fit and uninjured, niggles may appear, line ups could be changed and shock results could follow. Find a free bet for this match here.
Stoke City 22/5 Bet Victor
Stoke enter this game unbeaten, although having only managed draws in the league so far this season (with Wigan, Arsenal and Reading) it has been far from the ideal start that Tony Pulis’ men would have wished for, and a game against the champions may not be ideal. This said Stoke have, despite a slow start in the opening two games of the season, embarked on a goal scoring frenzy in their last two games in all competitions; scoring five goals (though conceding six), suggesting a more open approach to their game than expected. Surprise signing Michael Owen could be in line to make his debut against his former employer’s derby rival this Saturday, the striker declaring himself fit and ready to play. The veteran striker comes at 10/1 to score the first goal (Bet365, Bwin and Ladbrokes), though with Owen more likely to come off the bench last goal scorer, also at 10/1 (Bet365, Bwin and Ladbrokes), may be more likely. In form striker Peter Crouch is 10/3 to score any time (Blue Square, 888Sport and William Hill) and former Wolves winger Michael Knightly is 18/1 to provide the first assist (Boylesports).
Manchester City 3/4 William Hill
League and Community Shield winners Manchester City have, some claim, had a stuttering start this season; though remain unbeaten in all competitions. Despite not taking maximum points (a 2-2 draw at Anfield being the only blemish on the champions record so far) City have shown real grit and character, scoring in the last ten minutes of all three of their league games so far and Carlos Tevez, scorer of the final goes in the last two encounters, comes at 5/1 (Coral) to score the last goal in Saturday’s tie. The blue half of Manchester was responsible for much of the action on transfer deadline day and this weekend’s game could see the first involvement for some of their new boys. Highly rated (and priced) midfield general Francisco Javi Garcia is likely to replace Jack Rodwell in midfield, with the Premier League newcomer at 28/1 (Coral) to open his account in English football and score the first goal. Whilst former Swansea maestro Scott Sinclair is unlikely to start ahead of Silva or Nasri, he comes at 10/1 to score the last goal (SkyBet, Bet Victor and BetFred amongst those giving this price). City have struggled so far to stop the oppositions goals but have no problem scoring their own and come at 14/1 to repeat the 3-1 score line from their last outing (Bet365, Bet Victor, Stan James and William Hill).
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