Burnley v Stoke City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
Turf Moor - Premier League
Sean Dyche's high-flying Burnley welcome Stoke City to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening in this midweek Premeir League fixture. The Clarets can climb into fourth position with a victory over Mark Hughes' side.
Both teams won their home games in this fixture last season without conceding a goal, with a solitary strike from George Boyd enough to secure the points for Burnley at Turf Moor. The year before this fixture ended goalless, while the Clarets beat Stoke 2-1 away from home.
For Burnley, Ben Mee and Matthew Lowton are both rated as 50/50 for this one after suffering knee problems. Robbie Brady meanwhile will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury of his own last week.
Visiting boss Hughes could ring the changes after seeing his side dismantled at Tottenham on Saturday, with the likes of Geoff Cameron, Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch in contention for a start. Glen Johnson is nearing full fitness but remains a doubt, while Jese is expected to miss out again for personal reasons.
Burnley v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
Few would’ve predicted that Burnley would be level on points with the likes of Tottenham as we approach the halfway point of the season. The Clarets are in the hunt for a European place, and can leapfrog Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool with a victory on Tuesday, who all play the following day. Stoke meanwhile need a much improved performance after they were dismantled at Wembley over the weekend.
The injury to Brady is a huge blow for Burnley, but Scott Arfield came into the side to replace the Irishman on Saturday, and bagged the only goal of the game against Watford with a very tidy finish. If Burnley are to sustain their excellent start then Dyche will need his whole squad to step up, especially with tough games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool over the festive period.
Stoke will be thankful that they have this midweek chance to redeem themselves after they shipped five against Spurs. They were torn to shreds on the break, but while Burnley don’t posses the same quality and incision as they faced at the weekend, they’ll still look to hurt the Potters on the counter. The home side start the game as 11/8 favourites in the betting, while Stoke are available at 13/5. If you think a draw’s on the cards, that’s 9/4.
Burnley to win to nil at 27/10
Back the Clarets to continue the recent trend in this fixture of the hosts winning without conceding a goal. Stoke are 5/1 for the same bet.
Arfield to score and Burnley to win at 6/1
Bet on the Canadian international to come up with a second goal in just a few days, as you significantly improve your odds on the home win.