Manchester United resume their Premier League challenge this weekend after a week of high drama involving star striker Wayne Rooney.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis will not need to worry about Rooney as the striker faces three weeks on the sidelines, but Pulis has team selection worries of his own to contend with.
Pulis will be without ever-present Dean Whitehead who serves a one match suspension, and the midfielder has been a key factor as Stoke start the season strongly.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium but are 4/1 to beat Man Utd because they are yet to take any points from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in four Premier League matches.
Man Utd’s poor away form will mean Stoke enter this game confident of coming away with a result, but United, revitalised by the end to the Wayne Rooney saga, are 4/6 to continue their excellent record against Stoke.
The four Premier League ties that these two have competed in have seen Man Utd score 12 goals to Stoke’s none, and a 3-0 win for United is available at 11/1.
Edwin Van der Sar will be recalled to the side after being rested in midweek, and under his guidance, the Man Utd team can keep only their third clean sheet of the season – United are 11/8 to keep a clean sheet.
However United have won only one of their last six away Premier League matches following a Champions League game, and Stoke are 15/2 to come from behind and draw.
Considering United have dropped twice as many points from winning positions this season compared to the whole of the 2009/10 season, if Ferguson’s side take the lead, it’s not a forgone conclusion that they’ll win the game.
Total goals over 2.5 is available at 1/1. See the full Stoke City vs Manchester United match betting odds market here.