Although Manchester United have had a mixed start to the 2016/17 season, their first few weeks have not been anywhere near as terrible as those suffered by Stoke City fans. The Potters find themselves second bottom of the Premier League table with just two points from their first six matches and it does not get any easier for them as a trip to Old Trafford is next on their schedule.
Manchester United v Stoke City Tips
Predictions: Manchester United will score at least three goals
Although United have a Europa League match on the Thursday before this game, Jose Mourinho is expected to rest several of his starters for that clash with Zorya Luhansk, so tired legs should not be a problem in this Premier League match. As such, the home side should have enough energy to dispatch with a Stoke City team that has lost four of its first six fixtures of the season.
When Manchester United have clicked, they have looked impressive this season, just as they did when they put four first half goals past the champions Leicester City last weekend. Given how porous Stoke’s defence has been (they have conceded the second most in the whole league, averaging 2.5 conceded per game), United are certainly capable of keeping the Old Trafford scoreboard busy this weekend.
Betting Tips: Manchester United will win, but Stoke City will score
If Manchester United are to score three times, then we can expect the final outcome to be a home win. However, the odds on the three points to remain in Manchester are not particularly profitable given how poor Stoke have been so far this campaign and given United’s home advantage. A better betting tip, therefore, would be to back the 21/10 odds for the home team to win, but for the away side to score at least one goal.
Although Mark Hughes’ side have struggled to pick up points so far, they have still been able to score at least once in four of their six Premier League matches. Their main problem is the poor play of their defence, so there is a good chance that they could net at least once, but still lose.
That’s exactly what happened when Stoke lost 4-1 to Crystal Palace and 4-1 to Manchester United’s neighbours City and it could happen again.