The Potters will be looking to build on their 0-0 draw at Anfield last time out and take points from another big side in the league, as Tony Pulis’s side once again look tough to beat – highlighted by their record of only one defeat in the Premiership so far this season.
Manchester United are sure to see this encounter as one they need to be winning though and will be confident about taking all three points and keeping the pressure on table-toppers Chelsea, and the bookmakers agree, with the Red Devils a best price of 2/7 to take the points with Bet365.
United have lost twice this season, but their five wins see them sit second in the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson will want a reaction from the last game played on home soil though as they went down 3-2 to Tottenham at the end of September.
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It is likely that Wayne Rooney will be playing in a deeper role again, at the tip of the diamond and providing the service for Robin Van Persie to score the goals.
United are sure to want an early goal or two to settle any nerves that they may have before this encounter.
As for Stoke, they will not be coming here just to make up the numbers and will certainly be a tough opponent for United to go up against.
Tony Pulis’ men have only been victorious once this campaign, but when you look at the games they have played, then it is no surprise.
A draw against Liverpool last week, together with draws against Manchester City and Arsenal have indicated that Stoke are indeed a very stubborn unit, and it looks like the game could be decided on a moment of magic or quality.
Robin Van Persie could be the man to change the game, although his odds of 11/5 to score first with Paddy Power could scare off plenty of punters.
Stoke, however, have managed to pick up eight points and sit in 12th position in the league, so their price of of 10/1 with Bet365 does offer some appeal for those predicting a second consecutive shock at Old Trafford.
The form of Peter Crouch has been a big plus as well, and he will need to take any sort of chance presented to him on Saturday afternoon.
The Englishman currently has four goals in the top flight and is leading the line superbly for the Potters – his price of 12/1 to score first with Paddy Power is sure to see plenty of attention from those seeking a hint of value, and lets not forget that Alex Ferguson’s side have already conceded five goals from only three home games in the Premiership so fat this campaign.
This interesting looking match-up between teams that play contrasting styles of football all gets underway from 3PM.