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Betting Preview: Manchester United to score twice in the first half against Stoke?

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to make it four wins on the bounce when his Manchester United side entertain second from bottom Stoke City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Victories over Northampton Town, Leicester City, and Zorya Luhansk have changed the mood around the Theatre of Dreams following three successive defeats prior to the Reds EFL Cup game against League One side Northampton. Mark Hughes’ Stoke are winless in six league outings this season and are 19th having picked up just two points. Let’s have a look at some of the odds floating about ahead of Sunday’s clash.

The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:

Manchester United win – 1/3

Draw – 4/1

Stoke City win – 10/1

As you’d expect United are heavy favourites to beat Mark Hughes’ side who are just one place off the foot of the table. Stoke are yet to win this season and if the Reds put in a similar performance as they did against Leicester City last weekend then I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win. The Reds are priced at 1/3 on to pick up all three points, meaning a £10.00 stake returns just £13.33.

Match Result and Both Teams to Score

Manchester United – 2/1

Draw – 9/2

Stoke City – 10/1

Goalscorers

I’ll admit I was surprised to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic start up top for United against Zorya Luhansk midweek in the UEFA Europa League, I thought he might have been rested however proved to be the difference once again. The big Swede netted his sixth goal in ten appearances for United with the only goal of the game against the Ukrainian side on Thursday, however, has failed to find the net in his last two league outings so he will be hoping to put an end to that this weekend.

  • Ibrahimovic to score anytime – 17/20
  • Ibrahimovic to score first – 3/1
  • Ibrahimovic to score 2 or more – 19/5
  • Ibrahimovic to score a hat-trick – 16/1

Jesse Lingard scored the opening goal in the corresponding fixture last term as United ran out comfortable 3-0 victors. The 23-year-old is yet to open his league account, however, did score in the 2-1 Community Shield win over Leicester City at the start of the season and seems to be in favour with Jose Mourinho.

  • Lingard to score anytime – 13/8
  • Lingard to score first – 11/2

Stoke are the joint lowest scorers so far this season along with Bournemouth (four goals scored) and no player is yet to score more than once in the league. Two players who have got off the mark this campaign are Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic, both of which scored in the 2-0 win over United at the Britannia Stadium on boxing day of last year.

  • Bojan Krkic to score anytime – 9/2
  • Bojan Krkic to score first – 16/1
  • Marko Arnautovic to score anytime – 7/2
  • Marko Arnautovic to score first – 12/1

Correct Score

The Reds played some of their best football of the season in the corresponding fixture last term. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney all scored in the comfortable 3-0 home win. The same scoreline on Sunday is priced at 15/2. Both sides won their respective home game in this fixture last term when the Potter’s defeated United 2-0 on a miserable Boxing Day for Louis van Gaal. A 2-0 Stoke win is a huge 50/1!

Enhanced Odds

Let’s take a look at some of William Hill’s enhanced odds ahead of Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off:

  • Paul Pogba to score and Man Utd to win – 3/1
  • Wilfried Bony to score and Stoke to win – 25/1

Match Action Specials

  • Over 2.5 goals, over 10 corners, and over 3 cards – 9/2
  • Over 12 corners and over 6 cards – 22/1
  • Man Utd to win, over 12 corners and over 6 cards – 25/1
  • Over 2.5 goals, over 12 corners, and over 6 cards – 33/1

Bet of the Day

The first half performance against Premier League champions Leicester City last weekend was some of the most refreshing football seen at Old Trafford for years. This Stoke side look down and out and have a pretty terrible record at Old Trafford in recent years. I’m going for United to come out the blocks quickly like they did against Leicester and score over 1.5 goals in the first half. Manchester United to score two or more first half goals is priced at 9/4 with William Hill, meaning a £10.00 bet returns £32.50 including your stake.

*All odds are correct as of Friday 30th September and are subject to change

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