Stoke are in pretty big trouble early on. They have taken just one point from a possible 18 at the start of the Championship season. Bristol City meanwhile have been steaming along and are sitting inside the top six. Will the Robins be able to continue their positive streak of form as they take on the bottom side? Read our Stoke v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 10th, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.)
The Potters are rock bottom of the Championship after a horrendous start to the new season. They have picked up a single point from their six games played, which was from a 2-2 draw against Derby. So that means they have yet to enjoy a clean sheet in their league action this season and have in fact, conceded at least two goals in all of their games recorded. Their home record for the campaign is D1 L2.
It has been a total of 15 goals that Stoke have conceded this season, which is an average of 2.5 per match. All of their league games this season have gone over 2.5 goals and half of them have made it over 3.5 goals. They have conceded the opening goal in five of their six games played this season. Going back to include last season, Stoke are winless in 12 league games now, winning just one of their last seventeen. They are winless with a D6 L2 record in their last eight Championship home games.
Bristol City took a 2-0 away win at Stoke last season
Things are even with two wins each from four previous Championship meetings
Just one of the four previous Championship meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Stoke have three of their last four home games against the Robins (all competitions)
After losing their opening game of the season at home against Leeds, Bristol City have not looked back. They have posted a W3 D2 record in their last five games and two of those three wins were recorded out on the road. Bristol City are W2 D1 from their three road games but are yet to take a clean sheet on their travels. Their wins came at Derby and Hull in back to back games so have some strong away momentum.
The Robins have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games played now so there is every reason to believe that they are going to trouble Stoke. Top scorer for Bristol City his season is Benik Afobe with a three-goal haul. Six of the eight goals that Bristol City have conceded in league action this season have come in the second half of fixtures. There has been a good trend with them, which is good for a betting angle, in that they have scored the opening goal in four of their six games. They have been leading at half time in half.
Bristol City should have enough scoring power in their setup to claim a good three away points. They are generally a pretty reliable side out on their travels and with Stoke all at sea before the international break, it’s hard to find reasons to back the home side. Bristol City to win.
11th September 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke’s season is not going well. It is just the one point from their opening five games of the new season and they start the weekend rock bottom of the second tier. The Potters make the trip to Birmingham on Saturday, who have lost two of their last three, but whose home form is standing up. Read our Birmingham v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 27th, 2019 at 7:52 p.m.)
The Blues have posted a W2 D1 L2 record so far this season. The two losses have been out on the road though, which leaves them unbeaten at St Andrew’s. In their first home game, they took a 1-1 draw against Bristol City, before beating Barnsley 2-0. So the notable thing out of all that is their home form. With Stoke out of form completely, it’s surprising that the Blues are not going as favourites for this fixture.
Granted the Blues have just one clean sheet in their last four paid but will they face a big threat from Stoke? 75% of all Birmingham’s league goals this season have come in the second half of fixtures. Heading into the weekend there are only two teams in the division who have scored fewer goals than the Blues have. Lukas Jutkiewicz is their top scorer this term with two goals. Five of their seven goals conceded this season have been after the half time break as well.
The Blues are W2 D2 in their last four home games against Stoke
Both teams have scored in just one of the last ten league meetings
The Blues won both league meetings last season
Stoke have lost their last three league games against the Blues without scoring
The Potters are bottom of the Championship and showing no sign of form whatsoever. It is a D1 L4 record that they have taken and they have suffered defeats in their two away games thus far. Both of those away defeats have been 3-1 losses for the Potters. Stoke have conceded at least two goals in all five of their league fixtures this season. They have shipped exactly three in three of their last four.
It’s a heavy hit that their defence has taken. Three of their four defeats have been against sides who are starting in the top six this weekend. So far it is an average of 2.6 goals per game that Stoke have conceded, with their two road games both getting above the 3.5 goals line. It has been a rough ride for them. They have conceded more goals than any other team in the Championship this season.
The Blues at least have been managing to win games and those games have been on home soil. So it makes sense to have a flutter on them to come up with a victory in this one. They have a great chance to sink Stoke into further trouble.
29th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
There is going to be a big clash between these two Championship sides in the League Cup on Tuesday night. With Leeds setting a nice early pace for themselves in the division, they will be expected to go and knock down the Potters. Stoke so far are struggling to find their form for the season. Read our Leeds v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Leeds are currently on a four-match winning streak in all competitions, not conceding in any of those games. On the weekend they made the trip to Stoke and collected a 3-0 victory. So now with home soil at Elland Road, it is little surprise that the Whites are such strong favourites to win this fixture. The only game that Leeds have not won this season was their opening league fixture when they played out a 1-1 result against Nottingham Forest.
In the first round of this season’s league cup, Leeds took a 3-0 away win at Salford City. Leeds have won six of their last eight League Cup home fixtures (D1 L1) and they have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine. Their League Cup campaign last season came to an end in the second round as they lost 2-0 at home against Preston.
Stoke are all at sea at the moment after a big-league defeat at home against Leeds on the weekend. That was their second straight defeat in the championship having been beaten in midweek by Preston, who also put three goals past the Potters. In four of their five games played across all competitions this season, Stoke have conceded at least two goals.
In the first round of this season’s League Cup, they made the trip to fellow Championship side Wigan and picked up a 1-0 victory, the only win that they have recorded this season. That victory at Wigan snapped a two-match losing away streak that they were on in the EFL cup. This looks like a bit of a thankless task for them.
This looks as if it will be a routine home victory for Leeds, who are carrying some fine form with them at the moment. Stoke haven’t been able to deliver at full strength, so it is unlikely that they are going to be too competitive in this one. Home win two-nil.
26th August 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Preston have taken a couple of hits already this season and will be keen not to let their home form slip away from them. So this is a big game for them against a Stoke side who have had some major troubles. The Potters have just the one point to show for their efforts in the first three games. Read our Preston v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
Preston will be able to take some comfort from the fact that they did win their one home game played this season. That was a 3-0 success over Wigan. That was sandwiched between losses out at Millwall and Swansea though. It is a harsh blow to score two goals in an away match and still lose as they did at Swansea. So can they lift themselves back up at Deepdale? The Lilywhites did do alright on home soil last season in the Championship. They took a W8 D10 L5 home record and scored at an average of 1.8 per fixture.
Preston have scored at least two goals in each of their last three home games against Stoke
Preston are unbeaten in the last three Championship meetings
Stoke are D1 L2 in their last three league visits to Preston
Only three of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Stoke have stumbled out of the starting blocks in the Championship. Back to back defeats against QPR and Charlton started their season, but then they at least stopped the losing rot with a 2-2 draw at home against Derby on the weekend. So that was a step in the right direction at least.
Can they secure their first victory of the new season? The goals at least have been coming from them and all five of their strikes this term have come from different players. The Potters badly struggled for away wins in the last campaign, managing just the three of them (D13 L7) so punters will have every reason to be wary about backing them.
Preston should be able to get their foot down at Deepdale and pick up three points. There is nothing for them to fear about the visitors who have looked porous at the back. Home win, but both teams to score.
20th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke are already under some early pressure having lost their opening two games of the new Championship season. Their defence has been exposed badly so far. After losing last season’s Championship play-off final, Derby have made a good start to the new campaign picking up four points from their opening two fixtures. Can the Rams keep some early momentum going? Read our Stoke v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 13th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.)
The Potters have had a rough start to the new campaign. They have been hit with back to back defeats. Their first one was at home against QPR and then they took a 3-1 hammering out at the newly promoted Charlton last weekend. So tough times for Stoke then and they are going to be under some heavy pressure here to get something going. But this doesn’t look like being a particularly easy game for them.
Especially with their defence having already shipped five goals in two games. Stoke produced a home record of W8 D9 L6 last season in the championship. They drew each of their last five home games of the last campaign. So throw in their home defeat against QPR that is a big six-match winless streak of league home form they are on. If you look at their overall home and away record from the end of last season to the start of this new one, they are winless in eight (D4 L4).
Stoke earned four points from the two Championship meetings with Derby last season
Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings
Derby have lost their last two Championship games at Stoke
Under 2.5 goals has featured in all but one of the last six meetings
After their summer of change and after narrowly missing out on a place in this season’s Premier League, it was always going to be interesting to see what Derby were going to come up with. They have started the new Championship season well with a W1 D1 record on the board. They travelled to Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season and took a 2-1 win there. The Rams followed it up with a 0-0 home draw against Swansea.
Tom Lawrence has got both of their league goals this season. Both of those goals were inside the first 25 minutes of action at Huddersfield. So that is around 145 minutes without a league goal from them since then. Last season Derby posted a W7 D7 L9 record out on their travels and they were unbeaten in their final three road games of the regular season. One area in which they did struggle was earning away clean sheets, with one coming in just 13% of their road games.
There appears to be some trouble brewing at Stoke who have put in two poor defensive displays thus far. Despite all the changes that have happened at Derby over the summer, they looked to have settled pretty quickly into their new season and can go and get themselves a good away win.
15th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Charlton made a cracking start to life back up in the second tier of English football. Following their promotion effort last season they won the opening game of their Championship season. Things didn’t quite go as well for Stoke though who lost on home soil. Read our Charlton v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 7th, 2019 at 6:46 p.m.)
There was a wonderful effort by Charlton on their Championship return. They picked up a 2-1 away win at Blackburn and now with a home game to come, they could be in excellent early standing. The Addicks finished third in League One last season, missing out on automatic promotion by three points. They pulled through the playoffs, riding some very good end of season form. Their goals on the weekend came from Ben Purrington and Lyle Taylor.
Not even when they conceded an equaliser through an own goal did they look out of place. They kept plugging away at Ewood Park and got the spoils. Charlton posted a W160 D5 L2 record at the Valley in League One last season. They averaged 1.8 goals per home game. Their end of season form was brilliant as they won seven of their final eight games of the season (L1) and they lost only one of their final fifteen. Momentum is a wonderful thing.
The last time they met was in the 2007/08 Championship
They traded home wins in their league meetings
Each of the last four meetings have produced a home success
Four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Potters did not get the start that they wanted. They suffered a 2-1 reverse on home soil against QPR to open up with. After a poor return from last season’s campaign, where they finished in the bottom half of the table, there has to be a lot of frustration around the club. Stoke failed to win any of their final six games of the last campaign and their away record from the last term will not exactly instil a lot of confidence.
Stoke were W3 D13 L7 away from home last season. From the end of January Stoke won just two games through to the end of the league season. They have a long way to go before thinking about hauling themselves back up to the top flight. Stoke averaged under a goal per away game the last term and only 39% of their road fixtures managed to get over the 2.5 goal line. They weren’t all that bad defensively as they took a clean sheet in 39% of away games. That having been said five of their seven away defeats were by a margin of two goals.
The Addicks look full of confidence at the moment, picking up where they left off last season. They have enough about them to go and make it two wins from two at the start of this Championship campaign. Home win.
8th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke seem a long way from getting themselves back up into the top flight. It was a bottom half of the table only finish which they could manage last season with a plethora of drawn games. They kick the new season off on home soil against QPR who also had their struggles last term. The R’s had the fourth-worst defensive record in the second tier. Read our Stoke v QPR betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 1.31 p.m.)
Stoke had to settle for nothing more than a 16th place finish in the Championship last season. Their biggest problem was converting drawn matches into wins. They drew 22 of their 46 games last season in the division. The home record that the Potters posted was W8 D9 L6 and just 35% of their home league fixtures went over 2.5 goals. Of their eight home wins, none of them were by more than a two-goal margin.
They do have some rebuilding to do as they only managed to win just the three league games in 2019. Nathan Jones is in charge and they have seen Charlie Adam and Darren Fletcher both depart the club this summer. One of their notable signings for the summer has been Lee Gregory from Millwall who has scored exactly ten goals in each of his last two seasons in the division. It could be an important extra source of goals. They have also shelled out £2 million on defender Liam Lindsay from Barnsley.
There were back to back draws in the league between them last season
The Potters are undefeated in six against QPR (W3 D3)
QPR are W17 D9 L11 against Stoke in the overall head to head
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The R’s had some problems last season it is fair to say. Not only did they struggle in front of goal, but they also had the fourth-worst defensive record in the entire division with 71 goals conceded. They had a pretty rough time of things out on their travels posting only a W5 D6 L12 record for the season. QPR managed to win just two games in the league after the turn of the new year, losing 14 of 20 games played in that sequence. It was a huge decline. QPR averaged under a goal per game on their travels managing a clean sheet in just 22% of road games. It has mostly been free transfer action from Rangers in the summer with the purse strings tight. QPR lost three of their four-season friendly fixtures in July.
In tight situations, it is generally worth looking to home advantage playing an important role in splitting two teams up. Stoke will be looking for a positive start on home soil and with QPR having had such poor time on their travels last season, they will likely be conservative in their opener. Home win.
1st August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke are settled in a bottom half of the table result for the season. There hasn’t been much to get their fans excited really with them having drawn almost half of all their league games this season. Sheffield United have to go and get a win there on the weekend to potentially pip Norwich to the league title. Read our Stoke v Sheffield United betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 6/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 3rd, 2019 at 4:54 p.m.)
With little surprise, Stoke drew their last game, a 0-0 affair at Millwall. That was their third draw in their last four games (L1). Stoke have managed just the two league wins in their last fourteen played. They have drawn ten of those fourteen games, which is pretty ridiculous. Six of the ten drawn games in that sequence were 0-0 results. It has left the Potters with a W8 D8 L6 home record this season. So they are a tough side to beat. Stoke have scored 24 goals at home this season, conceding 22.
Just 32% of Stoke’s home games have gone over 2.5 goals this season. Only 36% of their home games has seen both teams score in. Stoke are currently on a four-match sequence of home draws and they are W1 D5 in their last six home fixtures. The Potters have opened the scoring in exactly half of their home fixture. Seven times one of their home games have been 0-0 at halftime and another seven have seen Stoke 1-0 up at the break. It’s just pretty average wherever you look for them. Except in goal scoring output. Only the related Ipswich and Bolton have scored fewer than they have done.
The Potters and United played out a 1-1 draw earlier this season
Both teams have scored in just three of the last eight meetings
Sheffield United won their last visit to Stoke 1-0 in 2007
Four of the last six between them at Stoke have ended in a draw
The Blades are on a three-match winning streak at the moment and they are undefeated in their last six (W4 D2). It has been a really strong finish to the season for them and they do have a shot at top spot. In order to do that they have to win this game and hope that Norwich lose. The Blades have taken a W11 D6 L5 record on their travels this season and they are currently without defeat in their last eight league games away from Bramall Lane
This season on their travels the Blades have scored an average of 1.5 goals per away game. They have conceded at an average of a goal per away game, but have taken a clean sheet in 41% of all their road games. Six of their eleven away successes have been by a one-goal margin only. Sheffield United have scored in each of their last ten league games and they have been levelled at the halftime break in 11 of their 22 road games. Only leaders Norwich have a better away record than the Blades have this season, but no-one has bettered the defensive output of the Blades this season in the Championship.
Sheffield United to win to nil at 11/4
Sheffield United to win by a one-goal margin at 11/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 3rd, 2019 at 4:54 p.m.)
Sheffield United have the power to finish the season on a high note, whether or not it gets them the league title is another thing. They should be able to go and edge their way post a Stoke side who are tough to break down but offer little going forward. Away win.
4th May 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Millwall could get themselves safe this weekend. Three points would guarantee that. So they have to pull out the stops in this one and they may have a chance to do it against Stoke. The Potters have struggled badly for wins recently. Can the Lions get what they need to keep themselves afloat? Read our Millwall v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 26th, 2019 at 6:58 p.m.)
The tension is going to be high at the Den on Saturday. Millwall suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Aston Villa last weekend. That is a four-match sequence without a win for them now (D3 L1). They head into the weekend three points clear of the drop zone but do still have a game in hand over Rotherham, who are the only ones who can sink the Lions into the drop zone. Millwall do have a far superior goal difference over Rotherham, so as long as they match whatever the Millers do on the weekend, the Lions will be safe.
The home form of Millwall is W7 D8 L6 this season and they are undefeated in their last three at the Den, winning one of those. In total, they have earned a clean sheet in 33% of their home games this season and five of their seven home victories have been by a one-goal margin. The Lions have averaged 1.2 goals per home game. They have been sat level at the halftime break in 10 home fixtures. Each of their last three home games have gone under 2.5 goals. Only the bottom two of Bolton and Ipswich have worse home records than the Lions have this season in the Championship.
Stoke took a 1-0 home win over Millwall earlier this season
Stoke have won their last six in a row against the Lions
Millwall are winless in eight against Stoke
Both teams have scored in just one of the last eight meetings
Stoke have nothing at stake but they have found wins so hard to come by since the turn of the new year. They have won only two league games in 2019. However, the Potters have drawn nine of their last thirteen league games. They don’t have great form on their travels at the moment, losing their last two away games at Norwich and Middlesbrough. Stoke have only won just the three away games all season in the division (D12 L7). But there again, they have been involved in a lot of drawn fixtures.
Stoke have drawn all six of their away games this season against sides currently sitting 18th or lower in the table and four of those were 0-0 draws. In total, the Potters have averaged under a goal per game on their travels, with only 41% of the road fixtures going over 2.5 goals. They have earned a clean sheet in just over a third of their away games. They don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last four league games, home and away though. Stoke have managed to open the scoring in just six away games this season in the Championship.
There’s a good chance for Millwall to put an important three points on the board. Stoke are not a major threat, and they have nothing to play for. Millwall are still fighting for survival so that could lead towards a home success. Millwall to win.
26th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke have nothing at stake in this one. They have done enough to avoid regulation worries this season and they are going to have their work cut out for a top half of the table finish. Can they take points off the promotion-bound Canaries though? Read our Stoke v Norwich betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
The Potters have drawn their last four home games in the Championship and five of their last six on home soil (W1). So there hasn’t been too much to cheer about for their home fans. But then it is at least a good unbeaten streak of home form that they have put together. In their last home game though they only managed a 2-2 draw against the relegation-threatened Rotherham.
Stoke have barely averaged over a goal per home game this season and just 29% of their home fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals. The Potters have picked up a clean sheet in 43% of their home games this term, conceding at under a goal per game on average. Their overall home record for the Championship season stands at W8 D7 L6. Stoke have conceded 60% of their home goals in the second period of games.
Stoke were 1-0 winners at Carrow Road in October
The Potters have won the last two meetings with Norwich
The Canaries are winless in four against Stoke
Stoke have lost just one of their last nine home games against Norwich
The Canaries could only manage what for them, will have been a disappointing away draw at Wigan in their last away game. That did extend their unbeaten road form to five though, winning each of the other four in that sequence. Norwich’s overall away record for the season is at W11 D8 L2. In their road games, this season the Canaries have averaged 1.8 goals per game.
They have been tight at the back conceding at under a goal per game on average. Norwich have tallied up a clean sheet in 29% of their away games. The Canaries have netted in each of their last 11 away games and they have scored 66% of their road goals in the second period of fixtures. They have been level at the halftime break 11 times this season on the road. They do currently boast the best away record in the division.
Stoke have been pretty flat this season and Norwich have just been flying their way back up to the Premier League. The visitors will be enjoying themselves more than the home side in this one more likely than not. Away win at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
20th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting