Man Utd v Stoke: Hernandez to get back on the scoring trail

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Javier Hernandez has three goals in three appearances against Stoke and may be worth backing inside the 90 minutes to be the scourge of Tony Pulis’ men again in the Premier League.

Hernandez has struggled to hold down a starting spot this season after being troubled by both head and ankle injuries and as a result has managed just six goals in all competitions.

However, with Manchester United facing up to playing three games in a week, Hernandez may be handed a first start of 2011 against Stoke to provide Danny Welbeck with a rest.

The Mexican would have also benefited from a bit of a break to recharge his batteries and looks decent value at 1/1 to score at any time at Old Trafford against Stoke.

Manchester United can ill afford any negative hangover from their FA Cup defeat against Liverpool as a failure to win would potentially give Manchester City more of an edge in the Premier League title race.

The good news for Manchester United is that they have triumphed on all three of Stoke’s visits to Old Trafford and it is 2/7 that they secure maximum points again.

Meanwhile, they have scored first in all seven Premier League meetings at any venue with Stoke and netted in the first half of their last four fixtures this season in all competitions.

Therefore, Manchester United’s odds of 4/6 to be leading at both half time and full time looks worthy of consideration.

Stoke scored their first goal at Old Trafford as a Premier League team last season and are capable of causing problems if managing to keep sending balls into the Manchester United box.

It is 10/1 that Stoke beat Manchester United and secure a first away success of the season against a team currently positioned in the top ten of the Premier League, while 4/1 is the price that they return home with a point.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.