Betting Guide: Stoke v Manchester United

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 25 September 2009

This could well be a humdinger! City are still as strong as ever at home, they gave Chelsea, thought by many as the strongest team in the country, a real scare before the Londoners scored a 94th minute winner, and could well have enough to take something from this game.

A home win would be sensational and can be backed at 8's with William Hill, PaddyPower and StanJames. If you think the Potters can sneak a point then the aforementioned three bookies along with Bet365, BetFred and SkyBet all offer 7/2 on a draw. The visitors are clear favourites and can be backed at near enough every bookmaker at 2/5.

If Stoke are to triumph it will no doubt be a tense, tight affair and a 1-0 win would be most likely. That scoreline is a massive 25/1 with BlueSQ, whilst 2-1 to the Potters is 40's with the same company. City beat The Red Devils 3-1 in a friendly a few years ago and PaddyPower offer 125/1 that there is a repeat of that scoreline.

Man United won 1-0 at the Britannia last season, and its 6/1 with Coral,  Ladbrokes and StanJames that they sneak another single goal victory. The Red Devils have been in fine form since their only defeat this season and they are 8/1 with StanJames to repeat Chelsea's victory at the Brit and win by two goals to one. Both sides have won games 4-3 in the past week and PaddyPower offer 225/1 that the visitors win this game by that scoreline.

As has just been said both sides are full of goals and a 2-2 draw looks well priced at 25's with Coral and StanJames. The Potters may try to shut out the champions and adopt a more negative approach, so a goalless draw, 12/1 with the majority of bookies, could well be on the cards.

Tuncay took Man Of The Match in midweek and could be in line for a full league debut. The Turk once scored a hat trick against Man Utd and is 12's with PaddyPower and SkyBet to open the scoring, as is Dave Kitson, who has scored the opening goal in three of his four starts this season. City will rely heavily on set pieces and ex-Red Devil Ryan Shawcross is 33's with Bet365 to break the deadlock.

Michael Owen scored twice past the Potters last season and is 5/1 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring, whilst it may be hard to see past the on fire Wayne Rooney, who is 7/2 across the board to find the net first.


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