Stoke vs Preston
England – Championship
Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:20 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Both teams are in form, and have their respective ambitions keeping them motivated. Preston want to make it into the playoffs, while Stoke are hell-bent on putting as much distance as they can from themselves and the relegation cut-off. Likely, expect a fierce encounter, with goals from both teams.
Stoke vs Preston Head-to-head (h2h)
- Preston won the reverse fixture, at home, with a 3-1 scoreline.
- Seven of the former nine clashes had goals from both teams.
- Stoke conceded twice or more in five of the last six match-ups.
- 11 of the previous 13 wins had gone to the teams that had home advantage.
Stoke vs Preston Match Preview
Stoke defeated Charlton at home the last match-day with a 3-1 scoreline. It was their third win in the prior four match-ups, and the fourth unbeaten game in the last five fixtures.
Ever since 2020 turned up, Stoke have raised their level and competitive spirit. As a result, they are now five points above the relegation zone. While it still cannot be claimed to be safe, it’s definitely a start.
Preston meanwhile, registered a 1-2 win on the road against Wigan. It was the fifth unbeaten match in a row for the former, and the third win in the last four games. They were also unbeaten in their previous five road trips.
As of now, Preston are placed sixth in the table with 50 points on the board. However, Bristol City, who are placed seventh, too have 50 points, and they had won four of their last five league games.
As such, Preston really do not have the luxury to drop even a single point, as they are in possession of the last playoff ticket at present.
Stoke vs Preston Prediction
Preston are placed higher in the table, and are in contention to qualify for playoffs. On the other hand, Stoke are just one spot above the relegation zone at present, and importantly, they had lost the reverse fixture. And that too, the loss was a bit heavy, with a 3-1 scoreline.
In addition, Preston had also scored twice or more in five of the last six h2h clashes, and they are unbeaten against this opponent in the past 12 years. Moreover, the guests have not failed to score goals at this venue since 2006, and they have not conceded at this ground after 2008.
Bringing these stats under review, we are able to pick out the favorite for the day – Preston. It’s logical to expect them to avoid a defeat at the least this Wednesday.
However, do note that Stoke have the home advantage, and have been picking up form. They had also scored three goals in their latest game, and scored twice or more in four of the previous six appearances at home. And most importantly, Preston had failed to keep clean sheets in 15 of their last 17 overall games.
Considering these findings, it’s adjudged that there’s a very high probability for the match to have goals from both teams.
Stoke vs Preston Betting Tips
Double Chance: Preston or Draw @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).