Stoke City have put together a string of strong results in the 2016/17 Premier League. After a poor start to the season, Stoke have 12 points in the standings and currently sit in 12th place. With the momentum they've built up in recent weeks, they are looking like strong candidates for a top-half finish at odds that are much longer than even.

Stoke City's recent results

Stoke certainly have not had a difficult schedule of late. In fact all three of their most-recent wins have come against the three teams currently in the Premier League's relegation position. A few weeks back Stoke beat Sunderland 2-0, they followed that up with a win over Hull, and on MondayStoke beat Swansea 3-1.

Wins count more than anything, but it has to be said that Stoke only have three of them on the season and only against the softest competition. When it comes to earned points against the stronger contingent of teams, Stoke only have a draw against Manchester United, the team that currently sits 8th, to hang their hats on.

However, at least they can hold their own against the middle-favored teams. With that in mindStoke might still prove themselves to be a top-half team this season. Punters should be looking at them to get somewhere from 7th to 10th, with much higher than that likely out of reach in my view. For betting purposes 11/4 is available on Stoke with both SkyBet and Coral for a top-ten finish.

Those odds have to be considered long given that they've tallied 11 out of a possible 15 points in their last five Premier League matches.

Many other betting angles on Stoke in ante-post promise to miss the mark. However, the team has very long odds on a top-six finish with Paddy Power. The firm prices Stoke at 75/1 in that market, odds that appear to under-rate their chances.

What's next for Stoke City?

On November 5th, Stoke will face West Ham United, the team currently in 17th position. Given how well Stoke have played against the bottom-tier of teams you have to think that they will defeat West Ham in the upcoming match. After that Stoke play AFC Bournemouth in a match that should be competitive and one that promises to have some mid-season implications for top-half and bottom-half teams.

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