Stoke City v Manchester United Betting: Cagey first half in store at the bet365 Stadium

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Jose Mourinho's charges have been superb thus far, but our tipster expects a tight first half when the league leaders travel to take on the Potters

Manchester United can continue their superb start to the season with victory against Stoke City on Saturday evening.

Jose Mourinho's men have come out of the traps quickly, winning each of their opening three Premier League matches; furthermore, United have scored 10 goals without reply thus far this term and, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League curtain-raiser against Basel at Old Trafford, the men from Manchester will be determined to maintain momentum against Mark Hughes' side.

Given their hugely impressive start to the campaign, it is unsurprising that dabblebet make United their 8/15 (1.53) favourites to pick up three points against the Potters.

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The hosts are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against Manchester United on home soil though, while the Potters have won both of their matches on their own patch thus far this term - against Arsenal and Rochdale respectively.

With that in mind, dabblebet's 6/1 (7.0) quote for the Potters to pick up all three points may prove popular, while the odds compilers offer 16/5 (4.20) that the match ends all square - a selection that would have landed in three of the last five meetings between these teams.

Stoke have kept a clean sheet in their two home matches this season and dabblebet go 9/2 (5.50) that Hughes' side make it a hat-trick by keeping the visitors at bay, while the same firm go 19/20 (1.95) that Mourinho's men chalk up a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

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Each of Stoke's three Premier League matches so far this season has seen fewer than three goals scored and dabblebet go 5/6 (1.83) that there are no more than two goals scored in this game. That's a selection that would have paid dividends in four of the last five meetings between the teams; the same firm go 7/10 (1.70) that either side fails to score - that particular play would have landed in five of the six league games that these rivals have contested between them thus far this term.

Stoke can be expected to offer up real resistance, while United have looked rock solid at the back so far this season and, so, value may lie in backing a tight tussle when these two teams go toe-to-toe.

Eight of United's 10 Premier League goals this term have come in the second half, while each of the last three goals scored in the Potters' league games have also come after the break; dabblebet go 15/8 (2.88) that neither side finds a way through before half-time and it is this price that may offer best value for punters ahead of Saturday's showdown.

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No first half goals at 15/8 (2.88) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet

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