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Man City – Stoke [Prediction]

May 14, 2011 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Prediction: Man City to win, under 2.5 goals

Stake: 10/11 and 4/6

Match date: May 14

Competition: FA Cup Final

Stadium: Wembley, London

 

The long-expected FA Cup Final is finally here and my soccer prediction comes with it. It will be a strange FA Cup Final, since we don’t get to see any of the big names who traditionally fight for this trophy. In fact the last big name, Manchester United, were kicked out in the semis by their arch-rivals Manchester City at one goal difference.

Neither of these two teams have won anything in ages. Man City’s most recent trophy was the League cup in 1976, whereas for Stoke City, their last and only trophy was in 1972. So chances are, and as a sports bettor I trust the statistics, both teams will take this final very seriously. Manchester City already played it 8 times (4 wins, 4 losses), but it’s the first time that Stoke is playing it. Tensions will be high in the crowds.

Both teams are known for their defensive styles. And though Stoke has had a very good run (5-0 against Bolton and 3-1 against Arsenal), they usually rather defend and go for counter-attacks when they have the chance. Manchester City on the other hand has some fabulous talent in front (Balotelli, Tevez, Dzeko being their stars), but in their past 6 games they only once scored 2 goals.

I’m going for an under 2.5 goals at 4/6 stakes on bet365 for 3 units. And I’m also favoring Man City to win, although the stake is kind of low at 10/11 on bet365. That’s why I’m putting 4 units on this one.