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Midlands clashes see Stoke host Leicester & Aston Villa battle Baggies

| 19.09.2015

Two terrific Premier League clashes pits Stoke City against Leicester City, while West Bromwich Albion take on Aston Villa at The Hawthorns in the top flight’s only West Midlands derby. Coral preview all the best odds for both games with much still left to play for.

Stoke City v Leicester City
It has been a relatively underwhelming start from Stoke this season, who were proficiently proactive in the transfer market this summer, though despite this are in the Premier League’s bottom three. By contrast, the Foxes are yet to lose in all competitions under new coach Claudio Ranieri and sit second in the table.

They are 21/10 to come away from the Britannia with three points, though the last time they played away in the league, they beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park. Ranieri’s side staged a magnificent second half comeback previously to overcome Aston Villa 3-2 at home, having been trailing 2-0 just past the hour mark.

Nathan Dyer, on loan from Swansea struck the winner for the Foxes and is 7/2 to net anytime, while striker Jamie Vardy who also scored, is 13/2 to break the deadlock, with the highly impressive Riyad Mahrez, Leicester’s best player this term, 11/4 to net anytime.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - King Power Stadium

For the Potters, they will be relying on striker Mame Biram Diouf who is 7/4 anytime and is their top scorer this term with two goals, while new signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who is still waiting for his first goal, commands 2/1 anytime odds.

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
The home side haven’t lost to the Baggies at Villa Park since 2011, and are 5/4 to beat their fierce rivals in this West Midlands derby.

However, it is Tony Pulis’ side who sit one place ahead of them in the Premier League on five points and Villa boss Tim Sherwood admitted that he “never felt this bad” after his side threw away a 2-0 lead against Leicester last time out in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

Goals from Jack Grealish and Carlos Gil had given them a good cushion and the duo are 2/1 and 7/2 to follow up at anytime again.

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In the reverse fixture last season, West Brom emerged with a 1-0 win, Craig Gardner getting the decisive goal who is 6/1 anytime this round, while Saido Berahino and Jose Salomon Rondon are both 6/1 to break the deadlock.

Coral’s top tip: Mahrez anytime scorer @ 11/4



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.