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United will get back to winning ways at the Britannia

Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on struggling Stoke and look cracking value at 1.62 with Betfred to get back to winning ways.

The Red Devils have tasted defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup and in the league last weekend against arch rivals City in their last two matches, but the stats are heavily in their favour as far as this fixture is concerned.

They have won eight and lost none of nine previous Premier League games against Stoke and have not lost to them in the league since December 1984.

Sir Alex’s side are also unbeaten in eight away league games (W6,D2), and if they avoid defeat here will set the longest unbeaten run on the road this season.

As far as the first goalscorer is concerned the two players to concentrate on according to the stats are Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.

The former has now failed to score in 685 minutes of football in all competitions for the club, but has netted seven goals in six league games against Stoke – including one on his only appearance against them for United.

He can be backed at a standout 5 with Coral to bag the opener and even money (2) with bet365 and Boylesports to net anytime.

Hernandez has scored four goals in just four Premier League starts against the Potters, and is a 6 chance with Coral and Ladbrokes to open the scoring and a best of 2.75 with sportingbet to get on the scoresheet during the 90 minutes.

One bet that does make plenty of appeal is for United to win to nil at the 2.45 on offer with Ladbrokes as Stoke have managed just two goals in their last six league games and one of those came from the penalty spot.

I fancy United to register a comfortable 3-0 success, and that outcome is chalked up at 12 with Coral.



  1. Redrich

    14 April 2013 at 06:50

    Winning in ways that are becoming to our legacy would be good too. Eking out a 1 goal edge over the the likes of the Potters is proof that we are no more than an inch away from their level.

    There is no satisfaction to be had from a narrow result over a mid-table team, just the scraps of a wanderlust season gone awry.
    A tactical chess game it should be not. Ferguson up against Poulis’ long ball tactics – a master closing his grip on the season against a desperado, trying to salvage a modicom of respectability for his over-achievers, …. please!!!

    It’s the end of the season and most managers’ squads are overused and barren of vital energy. We would be no different other than we are a little different than Stoke.

    Or that’s what we’ve been led to believe!! A team of destiny, one that will always strive for the biggest prize – and that, by the way, has a new definition for that each and every season!!

    Personally, I think winning the league is a gimme that was in the bag 4 weeks ago. But in the last 4 weeks, we have laid down our season like lambs in front of a pack of wolves.

    Many say it’s a lack of leadership. OK. it is. But it’s much more about a lack of talent and the relentless pursuit of mediocre players that cannot develop an understanding with one another. We are a hodgepodge of what was good, what could have good and a wet thumb in the wind regarding emerging players.

    There is no real plan for the future. The future now is winning the league. Hanging on to a 12 point lead and boasting that we are the very best in England.
    Please savor that thought because the fantasy that we are that good will only last as long as RVP’s legs!

    • Stephen

      14 April 2013 at 18:17

      @Redrich: “Please savor that thought because the fantasy that we are that good will only last as long as RVP’s legs!”
      Very lazy post Rich, I expect better of you, didn’t people say the same when we sold Cantona and especially Ronaldo.
      United will always compete as long as we have Fergie, he is our best player.

      • Redrich

        14 April 2013 at 19:19

        @Stephen: VP is clearly the best we have, if we don’t add other top talent, we will falter when he goes down with injury or his form goes south.
        We have been very lucky to keep him fit all year – it won’t last forever though.

    • The_Philosopher

      15 April 2013 at 15:09

      @Redrich: Eking out 1 goal victories against the likes of the Potters is not proof that we are inches away from their level.

      If you want proof of where we stand in relation to the likes of Stoke just look at the points board. We’ve racked up 80 points in 32 games.

      Stoke have got 34 points out of 33 games. I think that tells you a vivid story about the gulf in class.

      We’re not blowing them away on the pitch when we meet because Ferguson rotates his squad too much and he plays square peggs in round holes.

  2. Phoenix Red

    14 April 2013 at 15:51

    Great performance from Rooney in center of park, MOTM

    • Redrich

      15 April 2013 at 01:33

      @Phoenix Red: Rooney was useful in MF today. He did not show his vulnerability of giving the ball away at key moments and in itself his unimpacted performance did little to allow Stoke the edge there.

      I would say, though, that his contribution was far less than the impact player that we expect him to be. From a dead-set game starting striker to a defensive minded MF’er, his role has taken a remarkable backward step, and that is as remarkable as his current lack of impact upon the team.
      If you’re paying an out-of-form player 1-mil-a-month then you have to find somewhere to play him. It would be better business to sell Rooney and buy a genuine CMF’er that doesn’t have to re-learn his position.

    • The_Philosopher

      15 April 2013 at 08:11

      @Phoenix Red: Rooney has everything it takes to play as a central midfielder.

      If thats where he focused his energies and thats where he started to train to play he would be very good.

      I still believe that he can be a great box-to-box player.

      And as he loses his edge and pace as a striker it would be great to play him there.

      But as Redrich said. At 1 million pounds per month he is way over priced.

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