Travelling Potters fans are still awaiting a non-ironic reason to cheer at the Etihad after six Premier League seasons.
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The R’s second-string have a difficult trip to in-form Burton on the cards and a defeat for Harry Redknapp’s men features in our best bets.
The unglamorous quartet certainly won’t be contributing to any goal frenzies, but they can reward finger-on-the-pulse punters.
The Potters’ exciting new signing only scored last goals in 2013/14 despite making plenty of starts.
Few will debate the Potters favouritism to win a mini-league containing Aston Villa, West Brom and Leicester.
Allow bwinbetting.com to locate the pulse and place your finger firmly on it ahead of the new campaign.
With ‘Mr Top Ten’ at the Potters controls, the Premier League’s two-time worst surviving defence don’t stand a chance.
The former Barcelona man could be lugging his jam-packed trophy cabinet to the Premier League this season.