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Runners compete at Aintree Racecourse

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PUBLISHED

09:55 4th April 2014


IT’S NOT just the Potters Premier League clash against title-contenders Chelsea that is being screened live on television on Saturday, as the nation also counts down the minutes and seconds until the big one at Aintree, the Grand National.

Football supporters throughout the United Kingdom will be glued to their phones and radios come 4:15pm tomorrow, eager to hear the name of their chosen horse romp home to victory in one of the biggest events of the sporting calendar.

For many, picking the right horse to back proves a problematic experience, but we here at stokecityfc.com have put together a number of Stoke themed suggestions to help those still wondering who to back.

TEAFORTHREE (8/1)
Thomas Sorensen
Our Danish stopper served up a treat for the three judges at the Club’s recent ‘Stoke Kitchen’ event. The 37-year-old reigned supreme in the kitchen at the Britannia Stadium that evening, earning himself the coveted title of ‘Masterchef’ having held off the challenge of both Erik Pieters and Jermaine Pennant. Could ‘Teaforthree’ claim the even more illustrious crown at Aintree on Saturday? We think he may well do so!

LONG RUN (16/1)
Jonathan Walters
No player has featured in more consecutive Premier League games for Stoke City than Jonathan Walters. The Republic of Ireland international surpassed 100-consecutive top-flight starts for the Club earlier this term before injury and suspension halted his ‘Long Run’. The forward will be itching for starters orders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday however, much like this horse, who may well take some stopping if he is fastest off the blocks at Aintree.

SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (25/1)
Marko Arnautovic
The name ‘Shakalakaboomboom’ is almost as impressive as the talents that winger Marko Arnautovic possesses. The Austrian ace has lit up the Premier League with his dazzling abilities in the Potteries this season. Should this horse be able to produce the same magic as Arnautovic has in recent weeks, then it will come as no surprise to see him first over the line in Saturday’s hotly-anticipated 4:15pm showpiece.

BIG SHU (25/1)
Asmir Begovic
Our World Cup bound ‘keeper possesses the biggest pair of boots in the Potters changing room. Boasting size 13 feet, Begovic has already displayed his talents with his ‘Big Shu’ this season – incredibly netting from inside his own penalty area during the 1-1 draw with Southampton. At 25/1 this horse is seen by many as an outsider for the big one at Aintree, but as Begovic proved on that windy day at the Brit back in November last year, anything in the crazy world of sport is possible.

THE PACKAGE (28/1)
Erik Pieters
Similarly to Erik Pieters prior to his summer switch to the Britannia Stadium, ‘The Package’ has been out of action for over 12 months through injury. However, he has rediscovered his feet and is starting to showcase the talents that had at one stage seen him tipped as one of the horses of the future. If he is to rediscover his best form, just as the Dutch star has with the Potters this season following a year-long lay-off, then he could well win the Grand National.

CHANCE DU ROY (33/1)
Ryan Shawcross
The City skipper’s impressive performances at the heart of the side this term have led to many rightly questioning Roy Hodgson’s decision not to include him in any of his recent England squads. The 26-year-old hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since November 2012, despite producing arguably the form of his career over the past 18-months. He possesses similar traits to ‘Chance Du Roy’ with his sheer strength, power, pace and incredible jumping ability. Six more good showings from Shawcross this term will leave him with a chance of joining Roy Hodgson in Brazil, whilst one impressive showing from ‘Chance Du Roy’ could land him the coveted title at Aintree tomorrow.

VINTAGE STAR (40/1)
Peter Odemwingie
Fast cementing himself as one of the modern day Stoke City heroes, 32-year-old Peter Odemwingie has proven an instant hit since completing a switch from Cardiff City in January. The Nigerian international has been in fine form in the red and white stripes, netting three goals in his last three matches, and like ‘Vintage Star’ at Aintree on Saturday, is hoping to defy the odds and become the first Stoke City player to feature for an African nation at the World Cup Finals.

TWIRLING MAGNET (50/1)
Oussama Assaidi
No current Potters player likes twisting and turning with the ball glued to his feet more than our on-loan Liverpool star Oussama Assaidi. Priced at 50/1 ‘Twirling Magnet’ may be seen as a huge outsider, but he has already shown throughout his career that he is one for the big occasion, much like Mr Assaidi . . . just ask tomorrow’s opponents Chelsea!

ONE IN A MILAN (66/1)
Peter Crouch
With odds of 66/1, ‘One in A Milan’ is seen as something of a long-shot to scoop the coveted crown in Liverpool this weekend, but so were Spurs when they took on AC Milan at the San Siro in the last 16 of the Champions League three years ago. The Londoners produced the shock of the competition that night however, courtesy of our current leading scorer, Crouch, who prodded home the only goal of the game ten minutes from time.

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