Stoke City vs Preston North End
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Both teams are going through similar trends in wins and losses in league games. Either of them started their season strongly but ran out of steam towards the end of 2018. After a string of winless games, the clubs managed to post a win at last (phew!) the last match-day.
Speaking about the Potters – boy! Do they know to arrive in style! The team decided to end their winless run with the toughest bully in the schoolyard, Leeds. At the Bet365 Stadium, the hosts posted a comprehensive victory over the current league leaders with a 2-1 scoreline.
The Lilywhites chose someone of their stature to beat black and blue and put a stop to their miserable run. Four different players chipped in to defeat Queens Park Rangers on the road, in return for a single goal. The match ended 1-4, in favor of the guests.
Stoke City vs Preston Head-to-head (h2h)
- Ten of the last eleven wins in h2h games were recorded by the hosts of the day.
- Six of the last seven fixtures saw goals at both ends of the pitch.
- Last seven ties at the Bet365 Stadium saw three home wins and four draws.
- Four of the last six overall matches had over 2.5 goals.
- At this venue, four of the last five games saw under 2.5 goals.
Stoke City vs Preston Prediction
Their overall bad form aside, the Potters have always been a major threat at their home. In their last 14 attempts, the team lost just four times. Three of those were in the Championship, and all three were top-10 teams in the table.
Also, at their home, Nathan Jones’s men have been historically good against this opponent. Disregarding a loss back in 1998, the hosts have stood unbeaten in every other attempt. Coupled with this, Alex Neil’s men have been extremely poor on the road this season. Yeah, they defeated QPR the last match-day, but keep in mind their bad run before that game, and that the opponent is Stoke this time. Ever heard the phrase – “Can they do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?”.
The team is notorious for providing tough away matches to visitors. I think North End will have to settle for a loss in this tie.
The team from Lancashire has conceded the third-most goals in the league. Only Rotherham and Ipswich have let past more goals in the Championship, and that too just pocket-change as extra. Alex Neil’s men have had their defense breached in eight of their last ten trips on the road, and in 12 of the last 15. I think we can expect a goal in the first half itself.
Stoke City vs Preston Betting Tips
Stoke to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 0.5 First Half Goals @ 1.44 (4/9).