Having seen his side take just one point from their last six Premier League matches, Betway are offering odds of 5/1 (6.00) on Mark Hughes overseeing a surprise victory against his former club.
Record signing Juan Mata helped the visitors to a 2-0 win over Cardiff on debut and is available at 3/5 (1.60) to inspire another three points in this one.
The Potters’ home 1-1 draw two seasons ago represents the only time they have avoided defeat against these opponents in their 12 previous Premier League encounters, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them grinding out a stalemate this time out.
While all eyes were on Mata from the moment he stepped onto the field in Cardiff, it was the return to action of Robin van Persie that proved the most crucial to picking up a second win in seven games.
Having missed the last 12 fixtures due to a thigh injury picked up during December’s Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, the Dutchman took just six minutes to find the back of the net in the Welsh capital, taking his tally to eight goals in a mere 12 Premier League games this campaign.
David Moyes was quick to underline how much his side have missed Van Persie and strike partner Wayne Rooney over the past six games, during which time they have lost three times and crashed out of the Capital One Cup against Sunderland.
However, with the prolific duo back in action and supported by the creative Mata the future looks a lot brighter for the under fire boss at the Britannia, particularly given van Persie’s record of nine goals in just eight matches against Stoke.
Having struck in both league meetings between the sides last season, the striker is well worth backing at even money (2.00) to show the fans exactly what they have been missing by getting on the score sheet once again on Saturday.
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