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Tony Pulis' side are in a relegation fight after a wretched run and our expert thinks that there will be only one outcome when they face their opponents on Sunday

After suffering the indignity of a home defeat in the derby, Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to face a Stoke team who are in danger of sinking like a stone.

Tony Pulis’ side have earned a reputation as fierce competitors during their time in the Premier League but have demonstrated an uncharacteristic soft touch recently in slipping to nine defeats in their last 12 games.

The Britannia Stadium is renowned as one of the division’s most intimidating venues, but the hosts have won just one of their last seven home games and are considerable outsiders at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill to emerge victorious against the champions elect.

The visitors have won an extremely impressive 11 of their 15 away games in the league this season and they are available at 8/13 (1.62) to make it 12.

Only Norwich have drawn more games than Pulis’ men in this season’s Premier League, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on this one finishing all square.

Unlike some of their rivals, Alex Ferguson’s men have had little trouble in getting the better of The Potters since their return to the top flight, coming out on top in eight of the last nine encounters.

Considering Stoke’s current plight, another victory seems secure for the Red Devils on Sunday and those 8/13 (1.62) odds are not to be missed on the league leaders coming out on top in the Potteries.

Manchester United received a helping hand from opposition captain Vincent Kompany on Monday night, when he put the ball into the back of his own net.

That was the second consecutive league game that Ferguson’s men have benefited from such a stroke of fortune, and their games have now seen more own goals scored at either end than everyone else in the division except Southampton.

The Potters have beaten their own goalkeeper on four occasions this term and the number of long balls they put into crowded penalty areas make an own goal just the slightest of misjudgements away.

All in all, you could do a lot worse than have a smaller stake on the 8/1 (9.00) odds available for an own goal being scored in this game.

Manchester United to win at 8/13 (1.62) with William Hill
Anytime own goal at 8/1 (9.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.