Stoke City Betting
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Stoke City Football Club is based in Stoke-on-Trent. The club’s nickname is “The Potters” (after the pottery industry in the surrounding area). Founded in 1863, Stoke is the oldest club in the Premier League, and the second oldest in professional football, after Notts County. Stoke played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years). The 1930s saw the debut of club’s most celebrated player, Stanley Matthews. Matthews, who grew up in Hanley, was an apprentice at the club and made his first appearance in March 1932, against Bury, at the age of 17. By end of the decade, Matthews had established himself as an England international and as one of the best footballers of his generation.
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Stoke City and the Premiership
Stoke now play their home fixtures at the Britannia Stadium, a 28,000 all-seater stadium. The stadium was opened in 1997. Prior to their 2008 promotion, Stoke had not participated in top flight football since the 1984-85 season, in which they were relegated with a total of 17 points, a record low total for twenty-one years. Stoke won automatic promotion to the Premier League on the last day of the 2007-08 season, via second place in The Championship. The promotion will earn Stoke £35 million for the 2008-09 season, and a minimum of £60 million over the space of three seasons. This will rise should Stoke retain their place in top flight football for more than one season.
Their first top flight match was at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium where they were soundly beaten 3-1, with Ricardo Fuller scoring Stoke’s only goal in the last minute. The defeat prompted Irish bookmaker Paddy Power to pay out on every bet on Stoke to be relegated after just one game. However, in their first Premier League home match, Stoke picked up all three points against Aston Villa in a closely-fought 3-2 win. They narrowly defeated Cheltenham Town in the Carling Cup, but lost their next two league fixtures, 2-1 at Middlesbrough and 3-2 at home to Everton. Stoke were impressive in their promotion campaign from the Championship, but have already experienced the “quantum leap” to Premier League football. Bookmakers opening offers of Stoke betting odds in the region of 7500/1 looked anything but generous. The layers also had Stoke odds as second-best (behind Hull City) for a prompt return to the second-flight at the start of the 2008-09 season, with Stoke odds around the 4/9 mark.
Betting on Stoke City Premiership Matches
Stoke look vulnerable in every department, their recent scrambled 3-2 win over League One strugglers Cheltenham Town being a shining example. Despite some apparently shrewd pre-season signings, Stoke have yet to show any sign of being a genuine Premiership side. While this may change in time, a bet on Stoke currently has the distinct look of pouring money down the drain. Stoke are fancied to “get their act together” in due course, and survive in the Premiership, so the only potential bet on Stoke has to be “to stay up”, with Stoke odds in the region of 3/1 on offer.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Stoke progressed to the semi-final stage of the FA Cup in the 1970-71 season. However, they lost to Arsenal’s double-winning side in a replay. They did manage to beat Everton 3-2 in the third place playoff, at Selhurst Park. Stoke again lost to Arsenal in a replayed semi-final in the 1971-72 season. The third-place playoff was not held until three months after the final, Stoke losing to Birmingham City. Stoke have failed to beat top-flight opposition in the FA Cup and Stoke odds look short, even at the 200/1 on offer, ranking below a number of Championship sides in the FA Cup market.
The club won its first and (up to 2008) only significant trophy in 1972 in the League Cup Final. Stoke beat overwhelming favourites Chelsea 2-1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 98,000 fans. Preceding this victory, Stoke had progressed through 11 games in order to reach the final. This included four games with West Ham United in the semi-final; the two-legged match was replayed twice. Stoke were also runners-up to Leicester City in the 1963-64 season. There are any number of sides that appear to represent better value than Stoke, even at the offered Stoke odds in the region of 100/1.