Pep Guardiola got his Manchester City career off to a winning start against Sunderland … just. Against Stoke City it should be similarly tough for the Manchester side, especially given that this away trip is sandwiched in between their Champions League qualifiers against Steaua Bucharest, but they should be able to edge it.
Prediction: There won’t be many goals, but TipsDaddy’s tip is that Manchester City should edge out Stoke City
Although it won’t be easy as Pep Guardiola gets his first chance to prove his teams can “do it on a cold, wet and windy afternoon in Stoke”, City should have enough firepower up front to get on the scoresheet, while they may even have solved their goalkeeping crisis by kick-off time if they can indeed sign Claudio Bravo.
Tips Daddy’s tip is that there shouldn’t be too many goals, however, and if England international Jack Butland does indeed return from his injury to feature for Stoke – as assistant boss Mark Bowen has said he could – then the margin of victory in a City win would likely be tight.
That is why it’d be smart to predict a match of under 2.5 goals, which Bet365 have priced at evens. 14 of the 20 matches these teams have played since Stoke won promotion back to the Premier League fall into this category would have won money for punters backing such a bet.
Top tip: Aguero can keep up his excellent Stoke goalscoring record
Guardiola has the ultimate Stoke City destroyer in the shape of Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has a superb record against Stoke City in the Premier League, as he averages one goal per game against the Potters, so it is certainly worth backing him to get on the scoresheet.
Aguero has faced Stoke in six different Premier League matches since arriving in England in 2011 and has netted exactly six times, scoring a brace on two occasions, as well as nabbing a solitary goal in two other duels with the red and whites. The most impressive thing about his one goal per game record against Stoke is that he hasn’t even played all 90 minutes in each of those half a dozen encounters. This is the kind of betting tips information you need to profit.
It only took 422 Premier League minutes of action to get his half a dozen goals against this weekend’s opponents, which works out at a goal every 70 minutes of play. The odds on him to score at any time are understandably short at 5/6, but there is excellent value to be had with Bet365’s 3/1 bet on him to be the first goalscorer of the game. Given that it could be a tight match, this makes plenty of sense.