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Stoke v Man United: Lukaku and co to end Reds’ Potters rut

| 08.09.2017

August was nothing short of perfect for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s men took a full nine points and will look to continue that form against Stoke City on Saturday night.

The Red Devils have already scored 10 times this term, while David de Gea is yet to be beaten.

And our traders place the visitors as comfortable 1/2 favourites for victory in Staffordshire.

Stoke are very much the underdogs at 6/1, with a draw 3/1.

The Potters have made United toil in recent years, with the Red Devils winning just one of the last five clashes.

They’re winless at Stoke since 2013 too, so a few may be tempted by the Stoke/Draw Double Chance at 31/20.

But last season Stoke proved fairly hopeless against the top six.

Each of Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham – twice – put four past Mark Hughes’ side.

They did impress in a 1-0 win over the Gunners last month, and they’ve added Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer to their back-line.

But this United side are firing on all cylinders and Mourinho’s men are a vastly greater threat than Arsene Wenger’s disjointed charges.

So we fancy Romelu Lukaku et al to end United’s Staffordshire woes, and the visitors are well-priced at 7/5 on the -1 handicap.

The bolder punters among you could also plump for United -2 at 18/5.

Lukaku has enjoyed a fine start to life at Old Trafford, following his big-money move from Everton.

The 24-year-old is 13/5 favourite to score the opener and grab his fourth of the campaign.

Fresh from his fine goal for England on Monday night, Marcus Rashford is 9/2 to break the deadlock, while 11/2 is on offer for each of Anthony Martial or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It says everything about this fixture that seven Man United players are shorter in the first goalscorer market than the best-price Stoke player.

That honour falls to Eric Choupo-Moting at 17/2, although with the Cameroon striker nursing a hamstring injury, the better option may be Jese at 9/1, following his neat strike to beat Arsenal.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.