Stoke City FA Cup Betting Odds Look Great – it’s been a weekend where the mighty have fallen but we can’t see an upset as the Potters travel to Rochdale.
Anything is possible in football as we saw with Bradford’s win at Chelsea, Middlesbrough’s victory at Man City and even Cambridge’s draw with mighty Manchester United at the Abbey stadium on Friday night. Bradford’s win at Stamford Bridge was probably one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of all time.
But there’s reason’s to be confident about Mark Hughes’s Stoke City right now. The players have been enjoying a week’s sunshine training in Dubai in the lead up to this so it will be a refreshed side that takes the pitch at Spotland on Monday night.
Those punters keen to back another giant killing at odds of 6.00 will be hoping that a frozen pitch will help to level the huge gulf in playing ability.
But Hughes said he isn’t too concerned. “We are used to the weather in these parts and it won’t take us long to get back into it.
“Hopefully, the surface will be OK. We know we’ve got to go there, face the conditions and get on with it. It won’t faze us. We will take the challenge on and make sure we get the job done.”
We like the sound of Hughes’ confident comments. As well as being in good condition physically after a week in the sunshine the trip is likely to have refreshed the players mentally.
He continued: “We’ve had two days leading into the game on Monday, so the structure of the week works for us. The break (in Dubai) has done us good. We’ve just come through Christmas, which takes its toll on everybody.”
Do not be surprised if Hughes names his strongest side for this one. The Potters’ chairman Peter Coates has made it clear that he likes his managers to really “give it a go” in cup competitions.
That was most certainly the case in 2011 as Stoke reached the FA Cup final under Tony Pulis and with the exits of so many Premier League sides this weekend the Potters are now fifth favourites to win the competition.
They will not want to waste this opportunity to make the 5th round draw which takes place shortly before the start of this game.
Rochdale have already been beaten by Doncaster, Oldham, Fleetwood, Walsall, Barnsley and Bradford at home this season and it is hard to see anything other than a routine win for Hughes’ refreshed Potters.
The Potters at the Asian handicap of -1 at Stoke City FA Cup betting odds of 2.10 look well worth a play.