- With three wins in their last four Championship matches, Stoke City are moving towards safety. Strong starts have been their forte, with Stoke managing nine first-half clean sheets in their last 12 Championship matches. By extension, 22 of Stoke’s 31 preceding Championship matches have produced under 1.5 first-half goals, with 15 witnessing exactly one goal.
- Naturally, second-halves have been the busiest period for the Potters’ matches where goals are concerned, with 53 of Stoke’s 86 total match goals scored/conceded (61.63%) arriving after the break. Regardless, Stoke have seen the same result at both half-time and full-time in 20 of their 31 Championship matches, including eight of the last 11.
- Those numbers resonate with Preston, especially as nine of their last 12 Championship games witnessed the same result at half-time and full-time. Three wins in the last four league games (W3, D1) keeps Preston in the promotion play-off mix, but the travelling fans haven’t had much joy, with only 17 of their 50 Championship points (34%) coming away from home.
- A first-half lead will be significant nevertheless, as Preston have never lost a game leading at the break (FT: W9, D2). Netting first has yielded significantly positive results too (FT: W12, D5, L1), even though Preston have conceded exactly one goal in 18 league matches so far (W8, D6, L4).
- Players to watch: Sam Clucas has been Stoke’s first scorer in each of the six Championship matches where he has netted. Meanwhile, Daniel Johnson has been Preston’s second scorer in five of the last six matches where he has scored.
- Stat attack: Stoke have failed to score a first-half goal in 18 of their last 31 Championship matches.
- Over a fifth (eight) of Stoke’s 39 Championship goals have arrived beyond the 80th minute.
- Preston have scored in both halves in just two of their last nine league matches.
Stoke vs Preston Betting Tip
- Over 2.5 (Odds 2.20)