England: Football League Cup
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
During the 3rd round of the Football League Cup we will enjoy the meeting of city teams from Bristol and Stoke-on-Trent. Last time the Potters and the Robins have met with each other in April, 2018 when Stoke had finished its successful champion’s race in the second by its status English division and was getting ready to move to EPL.
19.04.2008. Stoke City – Bristol City – 2:1;
Nine years have passed since then. And now the drawing procedure had brought modern teams of Lee Jones and Mark Hughes.
Absolutely different motivation factor
England is presented by a record number of participants at the current UEFA Champions League’s group tournament. These are Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. And according to an old tradition the Champions League’s group tournament is played simultaneously with the first Cup league rounds.
And that is why now, when all thoughts of the top clubs are focused purely on European battles, stable middle level clubs like West Bromwich, West Ham, Leicester have chances to fight for prestigious national trophy.
Winning mood of the Potters
Last Saturday the team of Mark Hughes had lost away match to Newcastle (2:1). And after this defeat Stoke has fallen on the 13th position. But during the postgame press-conference the coach of the Potters high lightened that now his team will be getting ready to the third round of the League Cup and is counting on its extremely successful progression on the tournament net of the Football League Cup.
Also Bristol City is very motivated. As according to 8 rounds the Robins having 13 points (+3=4-1) have all chances to get the berth into EPL. That is, the presence of additional Cup battles against the clubs of elite division is absolutely unnecessary for the team of Lee Jones.
Let us sum it up! This pair is presented by opponents with absolutely different tournament tasks. And that is why our choice is obvious.
Our tip: Stoke to win - odds 2.15 Betfair