Saturday’s British betting preview

October 29, 2010 | In: Articles

Everton and Stoke are level on points going in to tomorrow’s match at Goodison, so both sides will be desperate for points in an attempt to climb the table.

Everton are notoriously slow starters to their league campaigns and this season was no different. Without a win in the league until the start of October, Davie Moyes’ side are now unbeaten in their last three league games, amassing seven points. The last three games have been difficult fixtures away to Birmingham and Spurs, as well as the derby match at home to Liverpool. What Everton have done differently is play in a more attacking manner with an out and out centre forward. Yakubu has acted as a target upfront in recent games and although not scoring, he’s bringing others into the game, being a nuisance and causing havoc for centre halves. Before he was deployed as a sole strike, Moyes tended to go with Tim Cahill as the furthest man up the park. His strength is coming from deep and arriving late into the box from midfield, which he has been doing to great effect in the last month.

Tony Pulis has done a remarkable job since returning to Stoke City for the second stint as manager in 2006. He, and the club, are now embarking on their third consecutive season in England’s top flight after comfortably securing their status in the league for the previous two seasons. This season has witnessed Stoke being a bit more adventurous both on and off the park. Kenwyne Jones was added to the squad for a club record £8m during the summer, whilst other new additions included Jonathan Walters from Ipswich, Jermaine Pennant from Real Zaragoza and arguably their most surprising signing, Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan from Monaco. Their points total is probably a bit less than their performances have deserved with 10 points from nine games. Their away record boasts one win and three defeats, with their sole success being a victory over Newcastle at the end of September.

Everton will be hoping Mikel Arteta has recovered from the injury which forced him out of last week’s draw at White Hart Lane. The Spaniard is arguably the Toffee’s most important player and when on form, is as good as anyone else in the Premier League. Stoke have doubts over both Jones and Pennant for tomorrow’s match. Both have been shrewd signings up until this point so Pulis will be desperate for them to make the trip North.

Stoke have not recorded a win of any kind over Everton for 28 years, whilst it’s been even longer since they were victorious at Goodison Park. Everton have won four of the last five meetings when they have been at home and with the run of form of late, added to their well known reputation as being a ‘streak team’, I believe they will have more than enough to see of tomorrow’ visitors.

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