Manchester United vs Stoke – Premier League: Manchester United, this season, despite being stronger
They are very distant from their rivals Manchester City and the fight for the title is heavily conditioned since the difference in terms of points is huge.
On this round, Manchester United comes into the pitch already knowing the result of their rivals, be it the direct rivals in the fight for the Champions’ League spots, be it Manchester City that will have a very tough trip to Liverpool’s ground.
In case City slip up, surely this match will have a more motivational tone for the Red Devils. However, José Mourinho knows that they can’t drop points here.
After 3 consecutive draws in the Premier League, United won away at Everton and kept itself alive in 2nd place. There are still a lot of rounds to be played in the league and it is important for United to stay strong and consistent on this 2nd half of the season.
Stoke City has been a disappointment on the present season. The team has been very inconsistent, they have been having intermittent performances and without great surprise, they have dropped onto the relegation zone in the past round.
They are coming off 2 consecutive losses, first 5-0 in London at Chelsea on a match that wasn’t very interesting since the Londoners dominated the entirety of it. And then they were defeated 1-0 at home by Newcastle.
That was a compromising result that has made the team drop onto the relegation zone. Stoke even has good players and good options on the roster,
but as a team, they haven’t been playing much and with no surprise for those that have watched this team’s matches, they end up sitting in one of the relegation spots.
However, they have quality and ability to turn things around. In Manchester, it will be hard, but they will face this match with the intent of getting some points.
Manchester United vs Stoke – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Manchester United plays at home and I believe they will start off strong and will be able to score early.
Stoke City is a fragile team defensively and United, if they start off strong and with dynamic, can take advantage of the offers and gifts that Stoke usually provides defensively.
As I’ve said above, if City drops points, of course that the Red Devils will be even more motivated to win, but even if that doesn’t happen, José Mourinho will know how to motivate his players and make them come into this match with a good attitude.
United needs to win and gain confidence because next month they will also be competing in the Champions League. Manchester United to lead at half-time is a value pick here and I think it will be a successful bet.
|United to win 1st Half||