The Potters picked up three precious points last weekend, with Darren Fletcher scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road - a result that relieved some of the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.
Hughes, though, will be acutely aware of the importance of maintaining momentum when his side face the Foxes and Paddy Power offer 6/4 (2.50) that Stoke secure all three points against the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
Claude Puel enjoyed a winning debut in the Leicester City dugout as his new side secured a comfortable 2-0 home win against Everton at King Power Stadium; the Foxes have won all three matches since Craig Shakespeare was relieved of his duties as manager last month and Paddy Power go 15/8 (2.88) that the visitors chalk up a fourth successive victory.
Remarkably, in 99 previous meetings between these two teams, there have been 33 victories apiece and 33 draws; both of the last two matches between the sides in Stoke have ended all square and Paddy Power go 23/10 (3.30) that the teams cannot be separated on this occasion.
There have been more than two goals scored in each of Stoke's last five home matches in all competitions and in three of the last four matches between these two sides, making 10/11 (1.91) a tempting price on there being more than two goals in this match.
As noted, there is certainly plenty of potential for goals in this game, for the Foxes have found the target in eight of their last nine games in all competitions, while Stoke have failed to find the net in just two of their last 11 matches; furthermore, there have been goals at both ends in four of the last six games between these rivals.
Paddy Power go just 4/6 (1.67) that both teams find the net, while the same firm offer 12/1 (13.0) that this match ends in a 2-2 draw - the outcome of two of the three Premier League matches between these two teams at this venue.
Leicester looked to have something of a spring in their step last weekend in light of Puel's appointment as manager and the Foxes are decent value at 15/8 (2.88) with Paddy Power to claim a fourth successive win.
Stoke, though, will provide a tough test and better value could lie in backing at least three goals to be scored at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power ahead of Saturday's showdown.
|Over 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|