Where do you start with Gary Rowett and Stoke City?
The former Derby manager is really struggling to get a tune out of a talented Stoke City side, and their fortunes took another turn for the worst in midweek when they lost 3-2 at Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Potters, with a tricky trip to south Yorkshire to face a plucky Rotherham side that like to make life tough for visiting sides.
If Rotherham are to retain their Championship status this season then home form is an absolute necessity. They’ve started Championship life at the New York Stadium in promising fashion, with three wins out of their opening four games on home soil. All of those wins have come to tune of 1-0, and if you fancy that to come in for the fourth straight Millers home win, then you can grab it at 10/1 with Betfair.
But somehow, I just can’t see that happening with this Stoke side. Despite their torrid start to the season they’re scoring plenty of goals. Only Aston Villa and West Brom games have featured more goals than Stoke, and the Potters have scored eight goals in their last four games, so it’s fair to say they’re still alive and kicking. Over 3.5 goals in the late kick-off looks like good value at 12/5 with William Hill.
This is the last Championship game of the weekend, and with it being a televised clash, we better get on board a same game multi give us plenty of interest in this one. Stick a tenner on both teams scoring, a Saido Berahino goal, and a goal scored in each half. If you’re lucky, you’ll win just shy of £45 with Paddy Power.
Call me crazy, but I’ve just got a funny feeling that Stoke are going to turn the form book on its head and claim the three points here. Their side is packed with experience, and it’s surely only a matter of time before the tide turns and they stop the goals leaking in at the wrong end. It’ll be hard work, but that’s how Gary Rowett sides like it, so get on the somewhat surprising Stoke win at 11/10 with Coral.
Championship Treble: £10 on Derby County (to beat Bolton), Blackburn (Nottingham Forest) and Middlesbrough (Hull) returns £78 with Paddy Power.
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