Burnley v Stoke City Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Tuesday 4 April – Turf Moor – Premier League
Burnley host Stoke City on Tuesday night, with both sides sure of their Premier League safety for next season, but the Clarets have a fine home record.
Mark Hughes’ Stoke have a slight historical edge in this fixture, winning two of their five Premier League meetings, including a 2-0 win earlier this season. Burnley have beaten the Potters just once in the Premier League, a 2-1 win in 2014.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is waiting on the fitness of midfielder Scott Arfield before confirming his line up. He should shake off a knock in time for the game, but fellow midfielders Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmunsson remain sidelined through injury.
Stoke City have an injury headache at right back, with Glen Johnson and Geoff Cameron struggling with shoulder and thigh injuries respectively. If they are both unavailable for selection, Marc Muniesa should step in to cover.
Xherdan Shaqiri is still out for Hughes’ team, with a calf problem, and England international goalkeeper Jack Butland is not ready for a first team return, following a long injury lay off.
Burnley v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
Burnley face Stoke on the back of a horrendous run of recent form, Dyche’s side are without a win in their last six Premier League games. However despite this, their last four games have been away from home, and their home form has been a saving grace this season.
Their last Premier League defeat at Turf Moor was back in November 2016, to Manchester City.
Stoke head into this one in better form, two wins in their last five Premier League games has seen them solidify their place at 9th in the table.
Their away form is something of a concern however, having failed to win their last three games on the road, and their last away victory at Sunderland in January.
This wil be a battle, with Burnley keen to preserve their home record in 2017, and with Stoke having little to play for. A draw looks a strong option in this one, paying out at 23/10. Given the lack of massive confidence within both sides currently, a goal fest is unlikely, with Under 2.5 goals at 8/13.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both sides will be aiming to just cancel each other out in this clash, making an ideal situation for a low key draw.
Burnley to score first at 10/11
Buoyed by the ferocious home support, Burnley should come out of the traps quickly against Stoke and an early goal would settle both the players and fans.