Manchester United travel to the hostile surroundings of the Britannia Stadium for their first game of 2015, but armed with one of the most enviable forward lines in Europe, the Red Devils are more than capable of silencing the Stoke faithful.
The sight of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Juan Mata lining up is enough to send even the coolest of centre-backs into a flap, but right now Robin van Persie is United’s most potent force yet again.
Playing alongside the aforementioned trio, RVP has rediscovered the scoring touch which has twice seen the Dutchman crowned top marksman in the top flight.
Although Louis van Gaal’s side were collectively kept at bay for the first time in 10 league matches at Tottenham last time, RVP has been in scintillating form prior to that White Hart Lane clash.
The former Arsenal hero has bagged himself five goals in his last seven appearances and luckily for Ladbrokes customers Van Persie has been boosted from 4/1, out to 5/1, to break the deadlock in the Potteries.
But it’s the Dutchman’s record against Stoke which makes this bet an absolute humdinger.
RVP has racked up 10 goals in as many Premier League appearances against the Potters, including four in five for Manchester United.
In front of the Sky Sports cameras for this hangover-nursing 12.45 New Year’s Day kick-off, it’s also worth noting RVP has already struck first twice on United’s league travels this term.
There will not be many better first goalscorer bets available in 2015.
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