Stoke City v Manchester United Preview

December 24, 2015 | By

SkyBet Free BetsPremiership action Saturday afternoon comes from the Britannia Stadium and features Stoke City versus Manchester United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

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Stoke City v Manchester United Preview

Stoke City head into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home against Crystal Palace last time out Connor Wickham and Chung-Yong Lee scoring the goals for the visitors that day with Bojan scoring for the hosts.

Stoke have had an average season so far, but are only six points behind 5th placed Manchester United and a victory in this game against United could see that gap become much closer and a place in Europe next season well within reach for the hosts.

Manchester United head into the game on the back of a 2-1 shock defeat at home against Norwich City and their fans are not at all happy about what they are seeing on the pitch as their side look like a mere shadow of their former selves.

Rumours around at the moment are suggesting that sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be coming in to take over at the end of the season if United fail to obtain a champions league place, so it will be of vital importance for manager Louis Van Gaal to see his side win this game on Saturday afternoon or they could find themselves losing touch with the top four.

Stoke City Team News:

The hosts have almost a full squad available for this game but will still be without the services of are still without Geoff Cameron (hamstring), Peter Crouch (groin) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring).

Manchester United Team News:

The visitors also have almost a full squad available for this game but will be without the services of Matteo Darmian and Jesse Lingard (both hamstring) and the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Stoke City v Manchester United Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday afternoon’s match from the Britannia Stadium will become the 74th meeting between the two clubs over the years. Stoke City have managed to secure 12 victories overall of which 12 came with home advantage, where as Manchester United have managed 35 victories overall with 14 of those having came away from home.

Our head to head statistics table below shows the last five matches played between the two clubs and as we can see it has been Manchester United who have a clear advantage in recent proceedings having won an impressive three times, compared to Swansea City having won one and the remaining game having finished all square.

01/01/15 PRL Stoke City – Manchester United 1 : 1
02/12/14 PRL Manchester United – Stoke City 2 : 1
01/02/14 PRL Stoke City – Manchester United 2 : 1
18/12/13 LEC Stoke City – Manchester United 0 : 2
26/10/13 PRL Manchester United – Stoke City 3 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

200 Goals have been scored in the previous 10 matches played between the two clubs, which provides us with an average goals statistic of 2.74.

99 of those Goals have been scored in the 37 matches played between the two clubs at the Britannia Stadium, which generates us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.68.

Both sets of data strongly indicate that this game is likely to see between 2 or 3 goals scored and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 looks the stand out bet for this game.

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

Stoke City: L W W D L

Manchester United: D D L L L

Stoke City head into this game as the side in the better recent form as the hosts have managed two wins, one draw and two defeats in their previous five matches played, compared to Manchester United who have won none, drawn two and lost three of their previous five matches played.

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Stoke City v Manchester United Match Betting Odds Market

Stoke City will be looking to bounce back after their latest defeat against Crystal Palace and with home advantage the hosts do have every chance of adding more misery to United fans and look good value at their current best price of 12/5 with BetVictor- Receive £50 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw is a current best price of 21/10 with Coral – Bet £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets when Registering a New Account and could be a sensible cover option here as both teams will not want to lose this match and could both easily settle for a point if the score is tied late on.

Manchester United are a current best price of 7/5 with Paddy Power – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account, but these odds do look a bit short for a side that has not won any of their previous five league matches played.

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

Stoke have been a bit unconsistent this season as they have managed to get some good results against the top teams in the league, but then go and lose to other teams that many would expect them to win, so it’s difficult to be confident in them winning this match.

However, Manchester United look in desperate trouble at the moment and with rumours rife about Jose Mourinho coming in to replace Louis Van Gaal at the end of the season or before if results continue to disappoint and the pressure will certainly be on the visitors here come Saturday afternoon.

Stoke have won just one of their previous fourteen matches played in the Premier league against Manchester United, but have only lost just the once in their last four meetings at home. United have managed eighteen victories from nineteen matches played on Boxing Day, so that statistic bodes well for those that will be looking to get on Manchester United to win this one.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this match is going to be for Both Teams to Score as I can easily see this game ending up in a 2-1 victory either way. Stoke are usually quite solid at the back when playing at the Britannia Stadium and with United missing some key players due to injury, I am not expecting United to score more than two goals in this one.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Stoke City striker Bojan to open up the goalscoring in this match as with a goal against Palace last time out, he will be hungry to keep his goalscoring record up.

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