Match Time：8/24/2017 03:00 Thursday (GMT+8)
Stoke City: Want to perform well in cup competitions (Recent Form: WLWLLW)
Stoke started this season in average way. Firstly, they lost to Everton (0:1 away), but on last weekend they beat Arsenal (1:0) home. ‘The Potters’ take on Rochdale on Wednesday in Carabao Cup and hosts are motivated to perform well. “We didn’t cover ourselves in glory in the cup competitions last year, which was a huge disappointment to us all. One of the most disappointing aspects was our performances in the League Cup and FA Cup last season, so we are determined to address that, in some part, starting tomorrow. The manager has always put a real emphasis on doing well in these competitions, because for clubs like ourselves they represent a realistic chance of winning some silverware. The team hasn’t been selected yet but the manager will look at things over the next 24 hours and decide what he feels we are best going with. One thing is for sure though, it will be a strong side, wo we feel has the capabilities to perform well and win us the game,” said assistant manager Mark Bowen.
Rochdale: Average side (Recent Form: LDWLWL)
Rochdale ended last campaign in League One on 9th position and they started the current season in poor way, with just 1 point collected in 3 league games so far. The sole point was picked up at home against Scunthorpe (1:1), whereas Rochdale have lost both away outings to date (0:2 Portsmouth, 2:3 Shrewsbury). In 2015 they hosted Stoke in the FA Cup fixture and the Premier League outfit won comfortably (4:1).
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
Summing up, I believe that hosts are favourites of this clash. The Stoke players should be in high spirits after the recent win over Arsenal and they might be able to get a comfortable victory against a side which plays in League One.
Nowgoal Pick: Stoke City -1.25 @1.77
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