Stoke City v Manchester United Preview

December 17, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account English Capital One Cup action Wednesday Night comes from The Britannia Stadium featuring hosts Stoke City versus Manchester United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Stoke City v Manchester United Preview, Capital One Cup Quarter Final, Wednesday 18th December 2013

Stoke City head into this game on wednesday night having seemingly turned a corner with their form recently having beaten Chelsea 3-2 and drew 0-0 with Hull City last weekend and will certainly fancy their chances of causing a bit of an upset in front of their home fans at the Britannia Stadium against a Manchester United side who have looked far from their best this season.

Manchester United have had one of their worst starts to a new season for many years, but their comfortable 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park over the weekend will have been just what the players and fans needed. David Moyes has been under a great deal of pressure from the media since his appointment and he will definitely see this competition as one that his side will want to win.

Stoke City v Manchester United Team News

Stoke City Team News:

Robert Huth remains unavailable as he continues recovery from a knee injury and Matthew Etherington is also a major doubt as he lacks match fitness having recently re-joined the squad after being out with injury. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Mark Hughes will use for this game which will see Peter Crouch leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Stephen Ireland, Arnautovic and Assaidi.

Midfielder Charlie Adam is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 3.

Manchester United Team News:

Michael Carrick and Robin Van Persie are both still unavailable for this game as each player continues recovery from respective injury problems. Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini, Kagawa and Hernandez will all under take a late fitness test to see if they can be involved. 4-4-2 looks the likely formation manager David Moyes will use for this game which will see Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney leading the attack up front with support from the midfield being provided by Valencia, Januzaj, Cleverley and Darren Fletcher.

Striker Wayne Rooney is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 8.

Stoke City v Manchester United Head to Head Statistics

Wednesday night’s meeting at the Britannia Stadium will become the 70th match played between the two clubs over the years, of which Stoke City have won 15 times (11 at the Britannia Stadium), Manchester United have won 33 times (13 at the Britannia Stadium) and there has been 21 Draws (10 at the Britannia Stadium).

26/10/13 PRL Manchester United – Stoke City 3 : 2
14/04/13 PRL Stoke City – Manchester United 0 : 2
20/10/12 PRL Manchester United – Stoke City
4 : 2
31/01/12 PRL Manchester United – Stoke City
2 : 0
24/09/11 PRL Stoke City – Manchester United 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

190 goals have been scored in the previous 69 matches played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.75 which suggests this game on wednesday night should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Stoke City v Manchester United Recent Form (Left to Right)

Stoke City: W L D W D

Manchester United: D L L W W

Both sides have managed to pick up 2 victories from their last 5 matches played, but Stoke City have only been defeated once during this period compared to Manchester United who have lost 2.

Stoke City v Manchester United Match Betting Odds Market.

Stoke City have the all important home advantage, but their record against Manchester United is not very good and so it should not come as much of a surprise to see the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 15/4 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) for Mark Hughes’ side to cause a shock win in this one.

The Draw is a result that would probably be the best that Stoke City could manage in this game and can be backed at a current best price of 5/2 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

Manchester United looked like they were getting back to their very best over the weekend with a 3-0 victory away to Aston Villa and for me they look the value play here to win this game at a current best price of 9/10 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Stoke City v Manchester United Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Stoke City will certainly believe they can win this game on wednesday night but as previously mentioned, their record against Manchester United over the years is not a good one and you have to go back to 25th December 2004 to find the last time that Stoke City managed to beat Manchester United.

David Moyes will have been extremely happy to see his side look like the Manchester United of old over the weekend at Villa Park Stadium with their 3-0 victory and that will certainly have seen the confidence of the players rise as a result and I would expect the visitors to continue that good form in this game by winning this one in a similar fashion.

Wayne Rooney played in a much deeper role over the weekend against Villa and looks likely to do so again, so with the game expected to see at least a couple of goals scored, Danny Welbeck could be the answer for those looking at First & Anytime Goalscorers along with Total Match Goals 2 or 3 in what should end up in a United victory by the odd goal or two come the full time whistle.

The Verdict

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