The very real threat of relegation from the top-flight of English football looms large at The Britannia Stadium, with Stoke City manager Tony Pulis knowing that he must try and get something from a difficult home match against likely title-winners Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Man Utd start as 4/7 favourites to win the match, Stoke can be backed at 5/1, whilst the draw is available at 11/4. All odds quoted are with Ladbrokes.
Following a prolonged period of poor form, Stoke have plummeted like the proverbial stone towards the foot of the Premier League table and they now lie in 15th place, just three points ahead of third-bottom Wigan and Sunderland. The Potters have lost nine of the twelve league matches they have played this year, and worryingly for the home support, have kept only two clean sheets in their last sixteen league games.
With Man City in FA Cup action this weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson knows that victory at Stoke will see his side extend their lead at the top of the table to 15 points. United have won their last three consecutive away league matches and are unbeaten on the road in the league since mid-November when they suffered a surprise 1-0 reverse at Norwich. The Red Devils have only failed to score in two away league matches all season and they are almost certain to find the net at least once against a leaky Stoke defence.
Recent meetings between the sides have unsurprisingly been heavily weighted in favour of United victories; in fact you need to go all the way back to 1984 to find the last time Stoke recorded a victory over Man United. Notably however the last four encounters between these two at The Britannia Stadium have gone under 2.5 goals, and with five of United’s last six away league matches also seeing fewer than three goals that gives us a great value betting angle. My best and sole bet for this match is for Man Utd to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match at 13/5 with Ladbrokes.
Stoke City vs Man Utd Betting Tip
Man Utd to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match (The Total Result market)
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