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02/10/2018 Kick Off:  8:00 pm Bet365 V Predicted Score:2 - 2

Away Bolton Wanderers

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Match Summary

One to Watch: Tom Ince

Stoke City winger Tom Ince rode to the rescue at the weekend for the Potters after his side’s dismal first-half display against Rotherham. Time and time again, Ince has proven he is a standout player in the Championship, even if he has yet to make the grade in the Premier League. The 26-year-old may not be Stoke’s top scorer this season, but he is starting to find his feet with two goals in his last three games and, at 19/10 to score anytime in the game with BetBright, could prove to be one of the best football betting tips for this match.

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Team News

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Stoke's Last Six:
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Manager Gary Rowett faces a tough decision about his defensive line-up after Ashley Williams was slammed after a less than impressive display against Rotherham United at the weekend. Decisions are also needed to be made about whether to rest attacking midfielder Bojan Krkic.

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Phil Parkinson will be without goalkeeper Ben Alnwick until after the international break, although centre-back Marc Wilson is free to return after a suspension.  

Stoke vs Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Will James McClean light up the bet365 Stadium?

Stoke City are quickly finding how tough it is to adapt to life back in the Championship, and the Potters fans are not happy seeing their side stuck down in 17th. Since their promotion, Bolton Wanderers have adapted well as expectations are much lower for the Trotters, and they head to the bet365 Stadium with confidence after victory over Derby County last weekend. The pressure is on the home side and anything other than victory for Gary Rowett’s Stoke side will leave the gaffer under tremendous pressure. Expect nerves aplenty in this Championship preview, in a game that could prove to be win or bust in the home dugout.   

Stoke are 4/7 to win, which looks a little short for a team who have only won two of their five home games this season. The Potters are also without a win since the middle of September and when it comes to value, this is a bet that may be worth avoiding when it comes to our football score predictions.

Bolton are 6/1 to win and when it comes to value, you cannot get better than that. Although in our Championship predictions we favour the draw, Bolton at 6/1 is worth an outside bet, especially considering they come here having taken four points from their last two matches.

The draw is 3/1 and that looks like one of the best football predictions for this game. That was the result the last time the pair met and between them this season, the pair have managed seven draws.

Over 2.5 goals is 21/20. The last two meetings between the two have yielded nine goals, while Stoke have only scored less than two goals in a game once in their last five, making this today’s football prediction for an extra little bit of value in the goals market.

Both teams to score is 1/1. Stoke have not struggled for goals in 2018-19 but have been poor at the back, shipping eight goals in their last three games, making both teams to make the net bulge one of the smarter football predictions for this one.

Predicted Score: Stoke 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!