Stoke v Man Utd Betting Tips

Back United to pick up all three points

Stoke’s season came back down to earth with a bang last weekend when Sunderland put four past them following a midweek trip to the Ukraine. Now, following 120 minutes of Carling Cup football on Wednesday, they have to negotiate a so-far-unstoppable Manchester United side.

There must have been a tinge of displeasure in Tony Pulis’ mind following the penalty shoot-out win against Tottenham in midweek. In truth they really could do without the extra games, despite having strengthened their squad considerably in the summer.

Kenwyne Jones picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Spurs and won’t be available here and Ricardo Fuller, Mamady Sidibe and Danny Higginbotham join him on the sidelines.

Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to revert to a similar starting XI to the one that beat Chelsea last weekend, having made wholesale changes for the midweek trip to Leeds. Javier Hernandez is expected to be available after it was revealed that he injury sustained from Ashley Cole’s tackle wasn’t as bad as first feared, and Rio Ferdinand is also back in contention.

Stoke’s recent home form – one loss in their last 11 Premier League games at The Britannia – could lead some to suggest that they are the side to halt the United juggernaut. But The Potters have failed to take a single point from six games against the champions and it’s difficult to see that changing this weekend.

Some of the football Ferguson’s men have produced in the opening exchanges of this season has been both sumptuous and awe-inspiring. There will come a game when they hit a brick wall but I’m not one for betting it will be at The Britannia this weekend. Back United to pick up all three points at odds of 8/15 with Sky Bet.

One area where Stoke can cause United some problems is the same area in which they cause so many teams problems. Set pieces. David de Gea has looked more assured in games against Chelsea and Bolton recently but the pressure to deal with high balls into the box will be intense and relentless here. And that’s an area of the Spaniard’s game that I am far from convinced about.

Take advantage of the youngster’s frailties by backing United not to keep a clean sheet at odds of 4/7 and the match having more than 2.5 goals at odds of 4/5, both with Bet365.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 23/09/2011 - 14:21 PM
Filed in:- Stoke Betting News, Manchester United, Stoke