Well, let’s start with a bit of a banker, shall we?
It’s hard enough to play Leeds when you have them at home on a Saturday. It takes a lot to analyse their passages of play and how best to counteract that.
It’s, of course, easier to do it when you’re as good as them or competing for similar honours. But with one of the smallest squads in the Championship limiting the Tigers to at best, a few changes every time they play midweek, it seems that stopping Leeds with a rotated unit away from home is nigh on impossible.
I’m happy to take the 1/3 here.
Two of the most open sides in the football league, Preston are on a bit of a slide at the moment, while Fulham’s reliance on their goalscoring threats definitely paid off during a turbulent time for them in terms of keeping the ball in line with Scott Parker’s wishes.
While coming as the surprise package in the Championship through the first quarter of the season, PNE are on a massive skid, resulting in them falling out of even the playoff spots, meaning they’ll approach this was increased urgency.
Fulham’s usual response to urgency is opening up midfield and exploiting advances down channels. With Kamara and Mitrovic in their lineup, goals are always the safe play.
‘Could he do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke-on-Trent?’
It’s a question probably meant for someone of Lionel Messi’s ilk, and no disrespect meant towards Andrew Shinnie here, he’d probably not get a game for Barcelona, even if his nickname is ‘Shinniesta’.
But Luton are good enough to take advantage of a team really struggling to come to terms with the expectations they’ve been handed. Michael O’Neill will work miracles in time, but miracles take exactly that.
In the meantime, they’ll have absorb the hits they get from the crowd when passages of play aren’t quite good enough, nor are they looking like being in the near future. Luton are fighting for their lives as much as Stoke are, and this is why games like this aren’t home bankers anymore for the Potters.
- Leeds v Hull – Leeds to Win (1/3)
- Preston v Fulham – Over 2.5 Goals (3/4)
- Stoke v Luton – Luton +1 (5/4)
A £/€1 treble on these selections returns £/€5.25 including stake on pp.com. Odds correct at time of posting, subject to change.