A replay of the 2011 FA Cup final will ignite a mouth-watering set of fourth round ties of the world’s greatest club competition on Saturday, as Stoke City host Manchester City in the lunchtime kick-off, which is live on ITV1 at 12:45pm.
The Potters needed extra time to get past Crystal Palace in the third round and it gets no easier for Tony Pulis’ men as they welcome a City side who have won five on the spin and have kept four clean sheets in a row and that is why Paddy Power have installed Stoke as the 7/2 outsiders to venture into the next round.
A comfortable 3-0 win over Watford in the last round was duly followed up by impressive victories over Arsenal and Fulham in the Premier League and the Blues look to be in red-hot form heading to the Britannia Stadium and are currently available at 4/5 with Paddy Power to win the match, whilst the draw is on offer at 5/2 with the Dublin-based firm.
Stoke may be one of the toughest teams to beat on their home patch and they have managed to secure four 1-1 draws on the spin at the Britannia against City in their last four Premier League games, but Roberto Mancini’s side brushed them aside with aplomb on New Year’s Day with a comfortable 3-0 success and it’s tough to see them managing to bridge the chasm that was between them that day and so the 4/5 with Paddy Power is the safe bet for City to progress.
David Silva was instrumental in City’s 2-0 victory over Fulham last weekend with a brace of goals and the diminutive Spaniard could well spearhead the attacking flare for the visitors, with Yaya Toure away on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, and Silva could be the value in the first goal scorer betting as the 15/2 about him notching first is decent value.
Sergio Aguero returned to the squad last weekend and came on as a second-half substitute in the win against Fulham and the Argentinean could team up with fellow countryman Carlos Tevez and they are both available at 9/2 in the latest betting with Paddy Power, whilst the most likely Stoke scorer could be Jon Walters, who is 8/1 to bag the first goal.
With four clean sheets on the spin, Stoke will struggle to breakdown a frugal City rearguard, but Paddy Power still believe the home side can bag themselves a goal and the 11/2 about a 1-1 draw is the favourite in the correct score market. However, Chelsea showed when trouncing the Potters 4-0 in the Premier League that they can be knocked out of their stride at home and City’s attacking flare could well be too strong for a streetwise Stoke defence and they could well get an early goal and sit on that lead and a 2-0 win is eye-catching at 7/1.
If Manchester City can get an early strike then they should be able to hold out for the rest of the game and so the 17/10 about City being in front at half-time and full-time offers some improved value, whilst the Score/Win Double of a Silva goal and an away win at 7/2 could well attract more interest in an intriguing contest.
Stoke City v Manchester City Form
Check the season's statistics for both Stoke City and Manchester City, plus the odds ahead of Saturday's match.
Stoke City v Manchester City Tips
Tip #1: Manchester City to win 2-0 @ 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Tip #2: David Silva to score first @ 15/2 with Paddy Power.
Tip #3: David Silva to score and Man City to win @ 7/2 with Paddy Power.
7/2 Stoke City
4/5 Manchester City
Correct Score Odds
12/1 Stoke City 1-0
22/1 Stoke City 2-0
14/1 Stoke City 2-1
17/2 Draw 0-0
11/2 Draw 1-1
12/1 Draw 2-2
6/1 Manchester City 1-0
7/1 Manchester City 2-0
15/2 Manchester City 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
9/2 Sergio Aguero
9/2 Carlos Tevez
11/2 Edin Dzeko
6/1 Mario Balotelli
15/2 David Silva
8/1 Peter Crouch
8/1 Kenwyne Jones
8/1 No Goalscorer
9/1 Jon Walters
9/1 Samir Nasri
Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com, who provide a host of other betting markets, including live betting in-running, throughout the match.
|Diego Costa heads the first scorer betting for Stoke v Chelsea clash|
Blues Are Odds On For Victory At The Britannia
|Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Odds Back both teams to score at the San Mames|
Atletico Favourites For The Win
|Elche v Malaga Odds Back visitors to continue fine La Liga form|
Santa Cruz Tipped To Score
|Inter Milan v Lazio Odds Score Draw Can Pay for Christmas Presents|
Roberto Mancini In Need Of A Home Win On Sunday Night
|Bordeaux v Lyon Odds Goals expected in Ligue 1 clash on Sunday|
Hosts Are Unbeaten In 12 League Games At Home
|Hertha Berlin v Hoffenheim Odds Match betting is tight for live Bundesliga clash|
Hoffenheim Have Conceded 18 Goals In 7 Games
|Back both teams to score in Liverpool v Arsenal match at Anfield|
Get A Free In Play Bet When You Place A Pre Match Bet
|Draw tipped for Sundays North East derby between Newcastle and Sunderland|
Sunderland Have Drawn 10 Of 16 League Games
|Final Bundesliga treble of 2014 features wins for Leverkusen Schalke and Wolfsburg|
Wolfsburg Tipped To Win Saturday Evening's Live Game
|Eibar v Valencia Odds Paco Alcacer tipped to score for visitors|
Los Che Favourites
|Brighton V Arsenal Odds Gunners Bid To Avoid A Fourth Round Upset|
Brighton beat Newcastle in the last round
|Bolton V Everton Betting Tempting Odds For A Draw At The Reebok Stadium|
Bolton bid to claim another Premiership scalp
|Millwall V Aston Villa Odds FA Cup Shock On The Cards At The Den|
The Lions Getting Ready To Heap More Misery On Lambert
|Millwall V Aston Villa Heads The List Of Potential FA Cup Fourth Round Upsets|
Macclesfield and Luton bid to upset the odds too
|Wimbledon V Port Vale Odds In Form Tom Pope Heads The First Scorer Betting|
Table toppers tipped to enhance fine away record
|Diego Costa Heads The First Scorer Betting For Stoke V Chelsea Clash|
Blues Are Odds On For Victory At The Britannia
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers