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Saturday, 13 September 2008

Stoke City vs Everton: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - previews and predictions

A win each for Everton and Stoke leaves the pair of them just outside the relegation zone early in the season; but there is little doubt that the pair will soon be parted by up to half the division.  Stoke's opening day win has not proved to be too big a boost and a couple of defeats later and Stoke are going to have to revert to a powerful pressing game and nicking the odd goal.  Stoke picked up a number of experienced players in the final days of the transfer window like Ibrahima Sonko, Danny Higginbotham and Michael Tonge - and these players will be invaluable in the months to come.  But right now Stoke look vulnerable.

There is little doubt that David Moyes will be targeting this as a must-win, although his pre-match comments focused on concern over the physicality of Stoke and their danger from set-plays - which were comments probably aimed at the match officials.  Everton were lousy at times against Portsmouth but with an expensively acquired midfield, Everton will expect to boss possession and create enough chances to win easily.

Stoke City (15) vs Everton (17); Kick Off 1:30pm, 14 September 2009

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew: 0-2
Dave Blackburn: 0-1
Sue Gardener: 1-2
Chris Goodwin: 1-2
Paul Grech (sqf): 0-3
Hugh Larkin (sqf): TBC
Colin Illingworth (sqf): 1-1
Peter Lee: 0-2
Don McMahon: 1-2
Antony Melvin (sqf): 0-2
Stephen Orford (sqf): 0-1
Tony Ratton: 0-2
Peter Rendle: 0-2
Dan Taylor: 0-1
Andy Wakeman: 1-3
Isaac Williams: 1-2
Mark Williams: 0-0

Panel Verdict
An overwhelming punt on an Everton win, with a comfortable 1-2 or 0-2 scoreline predicted.

Home: 0; Draw: 2; Away: 14; TBC: 2; mode score: 1-2 or 0-2

Spread Betting
Moyes will be expecting a positive reaction from his team after the last match and two goals will be the least expectation that the travelling fans will have on the short trip down the M6.

Example: 30pts buy Everton team goals at 1.6
No goals: You lose 48pts
1 goal: You lose 18pts
2 goals: You win 12pts
3 goals: You win 42pts
4 goals: You win 72pts
5 goals: You win 102pts
6 goals: You win 132pts
and so on

* Do we have it right, or do you know better?  Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!



"Stoke's opening day win has not proved to be too big a boost and a couple of defeats later" ... incorrect ... we beat Villa 2nd game in at home - great game and class finish from Ricardo Fuller ... lost to Bolton 1st game! ... and nil out of 17 predictions going for a home win ... do you people have a clue? ... please get the basics right next time ...

Antony Melvin

Yes Stoke's win was the second game not the first- sorry about that - and although they lost this game they will win more than people expect this season.

Based on that performance Stoke should get 30-40 points this season which would mean that they should finish 15-20th; where exactly will depend on whether or not they get the odd lucky break on the way.

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