Competition: EFL Cup
Market: Stoke City win
Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on their EFL Cup run in midweek, Stoke will welcome League One’s Fleetwood to the Bet365 Stadium on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, managing to open this year’s Championship campaign with an action-packed display on Saturday afternoon, Stoke should be confident of making it back-to-back wins on home soil here. Eventually seeing summer arrival Sam Surridge bag a late winner on his debut for Michael O’Neill’s side over the weekend, The Potters picked up a 3-2 victory against last season’s play-off chasers Reading. Signing off their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against Premier League outfit Wolves and also landing an impressive 2-0 victory against Aston Villa, the former Northern Ireland boss has his sights set on his own top-six charge this year. Appearing to be enjoying a summer bounce, Stoke should be looking to lay down another marker at the Bet365 Stadium on Tuesday night.
As for the visitors, while Fleetwood might have enjoyed what was an extended pre-season run over the summer, Simon Grayson’s side find themselves in the midst of a real blip. Despite picking up what was a real morale boost thanks to a 2-1 victory against Leeds on home soil in a friendly showdown, the former Bradford boss saw his side miss a host of golden chances over the weekend. Eventually watching Portsmouth grab a second-half winner at Highbury, Fleetwood have lost each of their last three matchups on the spin. Signing off their pre-season preparations with what was a pair of dreadful 4-0 and 3-0 defeats at the hands of non-league Wrexham and Chester, Tuesday’s guests should face another stern test when they make the trip to the Bet365 Stadium in midweek.
Bet: Stoke City 4/6 to beat Fleetwood Town in Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie @ 888sport
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