Some people might say that looking at the table is a short-sighted way of comparing teams’ form, however despite the fact that Stoker have played one game more than Manchester United it will surprise nobody to know that they are 14 places behind Manchester United and a massive 43 points worse off. What's more the Potters are 49 goals worse off than the Red Devils and the if that isn't conclusive enough for you to which side brings the skill to this match you should know that Manchester United are 1/40 betting odds to win the league while Stoke are 6/1 to be relegated and 15/2 on a top 10 finish.
Despite the fact Manchester United need to get just 10 more points to win the title this year Stoke need the three points considerably more. 15th place Stoke are just three points above the dreaded dotted line and the three teams below them, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Wigan are all within a theoretical three points of Stoke. I think it highly unlikely that Stoke will drop below the dreaded dotted line this weekend, and in fact they actually won’t as a Wigan are playing in the FA Cup, but I also think that they're pretty safe from relegation, not because Stoke are brilliant but because at least one of the teams below them will perform worse.
Enough with the staying up…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Back the Manchester United victory at 4/7, but it will not make you much moola, however backing a Stoke victory at 11/2 will see a decent return, but a bet like that is so unlikely to happen that you might as well buy lottery tickets The draw which is the very best that Stoke can hope for is available at 14/5 with the shortest correct score or to draw on 1-1 at 8/1.
While Stoke might take heart from the fact that the last time this fixture was played in Stoke they managed to get a draw, but they will be considerably less impressed by the fact that it was the first point they had ever played against Manchester United since winning promotion to the Premier league in 2008.
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Goal Scorers as Money Spinners
I'd be very tempted back Robin van Persie to find the net for my soccer picks in this game at 4/5. He has scored seven goals in six league matches against Stoke. He is also at 7/2 to open the scoring.
Wayne Rooney scored three goals last time the Manchester United played Stoke have one of them was an own goal but it certainly would have a couple pounds on Rooney getting a hat-trick at 40/1 as this game could be an absolute cakewalk for the champions elect.
Manchester United scored 21 goals against Stoke in the previous eight meetings but have only conceded on three different occasions, the most recent three matches in the past 19 years.
To find out the last time that Manchester United were beaten by Stoke it was all the way back in 1993 in a league cup tie and the last time the loss to the club in the league was only back on Boxing Day 1984.
Nuff Said Really..
Free Soccer Pick: United win 4-0 available at 28/1 with Paddy Power.