Revitalised United Continue Climb

Angel Di Maria faces a stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Image courtesy of ibtimes.co.uk

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Manchester United v Stoke City


Old Trafford, Manchester


  Wednesday December 3 –  5:45am (AEST)

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Manchester United is looking for their fourth consecutive win as they host Stoke in the EPL on Wednesday morning (AEST).

The Red Devils produced their best performance of the season on Sunday, cruising to a 3-0 victory over Hull. Goals from Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling steered the English giants to a typical dominant display United fans haven’t seen for a while. The victory, however, was marred by the injury of off-season signing Angel Di Maria, United’s 41st injury of the season. The Argentinian pulled up lame with what appeared to be a hamstring tear and could face a number of weeks on the sidelines. Injury plagued striker Radamel Falcao is set to start his first match in over a month against Stoke, and he’s a chance to mark his return with the first goal of the game.        

Stoke hit a bit of a rough patch in November, managing just one league win in five matches. Glen Johnson struck late for Liverpool on the weekend to condemn the Potters to a 1-0 loss and remain in 12th position on the ladder, just four points above the relegation zone. Strong defender Phil Bardsley is expected to return after missing the trip to Liverpool through illness, and he’ll partner Ryan Shawcross to bolster Stoke’s backline. Charlie Adam scored the winner when Stoke beat United in the last meeting between these sides in February, a victory that broke a 30 year winless streak for the Potters.

After a string of impressive results, Louis Van Gaal’s men are expected to win this match and win comfortably. Like the bookies, punters are confident the Red Devils will ease to a fourth consecutive win on Wednesday, with one bet of $500 coming in for United to win by two or more goals .

 

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