It’s a shame Liverpool couldn’t do the job last weekend, but United still have a job to do on Sunday and Stoke, unlike the Scousers, aren’t going to lie down and let the champions walk all over them.
Only a brave punter would back the Reds at this stage but there’s still a chance United fans will be celebrating on Sunday night. The Reds have won every fixture against Stoke since Tony Pulis’ team returned to the top flight and that’s one of the reasons Sir Alex’s men are as short as 1.14 (1/7) to win the match.
Providing the Reds do sweep aside Stoke, United fans will be well up to date with events at Stamford Bridge. Punters should monitor the Premier League winner market as the afternoon develops because this race might just have one more twist in it. It may be more in hope than expectation that Reds fans cheer Wigan against Chelsea but there’s one glaring reason why the Latics could spoil the party: Wigan have already beaten the Premier League leaders this season.
Carlo Ancelotti suffered the first defeat of his tenure – a 3-1 Hugo Rodallega-inspired humbling – at the DW Stadium back in September. Wigan are 30 (29/1) to finish the season as the first and last team to beat Chelsea, but could it really happen?
The historical precedents aren’t great, with Wigan’s last away win against Chelsea coming in 1980. But while the Latics have lost three of their four Premier League fixtures at Stamford Bridge, the contests have tended to be close. Last season the Blues won 2-1 courtesy of an injury-time goal from Frank Lampard and the year before the game ended 1-1. The draw – which would probably be enough to give United title – is trading at 12 (11/1).
Manchester United v Stoke City Betting
Utd 1-0 – 15/2
Utd 5-0 – 13/1
0-0 at HT – 11/8
Draw HT, Utd FT – 4/1
Both teams score – 7/4
Stoke score in both halves – 20/1
Rooney or Drogba?
A few weeks ago, Rooney looked set to win the top goalscorer award, but the award-winning England forward is now equal with Didier Drogba on 26 goals apiece. Both players are set to play on Sunday and it’s quite likely that both will be scoring on Sunday. Didier Drogba is evens to finish the season as top goalscorer with Wayne Rooney a little bit behind at 11/10.
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