Crystal Palace v Stoke City tips – born again Christian set to score

Born again Christian set to score

Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke (right) is challenged by Middlesbrough defender Antonio Barragan during the Premier League match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.

Christian Benteke - First Goal Scorer

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Betting Tip: Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace vs Stoke City @ 9/2 with williamhill

Crystal Palace failed to score in their opening two matches against West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur, although the capture of Christian Benteke has made them a more dangerous outfit and they have collected four points from matches against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.

The Eagles now have a winnable clash against Stoke City on Sunday, with Benteke looking to score for the second game running after his goal at the Riverside Stadium and the opposition look to be in accommodating mood right now.

The Potters crumpled like a wet paper bag against Spurs last weekend, with the London side scoring four times in the space of thirty minutes, although Bruno Martins Indi will benefit from another week of working with Ryan Shawcross in the heart of defence.

The absence of Jack Butland is an issue for Stoke who are so much better with their star stopper between the sticks and there’s a question over whether they have strengthened enough despite the arrivals of Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony.

Mark Hughes will be approaching the game in a defensive frame of mind. This is no time to be setting up in an attacking style considering City prop up the division, although the bottom line is that Benteke is one of the best aerial forwards in the Premier League.

Despite not cutting it at Anfield, the Belgian prospered for Aston Villa and is now the focal point of the attack, with Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon and Andros Townsend all capable of locating their team-mate.

One goal might be enough to settle this match and, with Benteke likely to be on spot kicks, he’s worth a bet for First Goalscorer.

Betting Tip: Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace vs Stoke City @ 9/2 with williamhill

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