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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Stoke City v Manchester United: Can Pulis defeat Sir Alex?


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The last time Stoke City got the better of Manchester United in the league Father Christmas had just delivered his presents. If you think that was a long time ago just wait until I reveal the date . . . 1984!

Margaret Thatcher was the British Prime Minister, Do They Know It's Christmas was the UK number one and Aberdeen were the best team in Scotland under the one and only Sir Alex Ferguson. And I was only six at the time.

If Stoke City are to remain a Premier League club though Tony Pulis must try and find a way of taking a point or three from United this afternoon. But considering they have only managed to pocket five points throughout 2013 that may be harder than getting a smile from my miserable missus right now! (Seriously I'm not resealing the bathroom this afternoon with three massive games on the telly.)

Manchester United though enter the game on the back of a 2-1 home defeat by the current Premier League champions Man City. Sir Alex, who only a few weeks ago was dreaming of a Treble, has to ensure that his players fulfil their duties in clinching the title, but after last season's wobble there will be a few nerves around the place.

The Britannia will be a crescendo of noise this afternoon as they try to steer their club away from danger. Tony Pulis may not be Mr Popular, but the fans will do their best to secure three huge points for the club. The United players will have experienced this all before and will not be fazed, but can the Potters spring a massive shock and beat the league leaders and move close to safety?

Stoke City v Manchester United; Kick Off 2pm April 14 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

0

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

3

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

0

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

4

Norwich

Sue Read

0

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

0

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

0

V

3

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

2

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

4

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

3

West Ham

Matt Beeby

0

V

3

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

0

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

0

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

0

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

0

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

2

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

3

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

0

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

TBA    

V

TBA

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

2

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

2

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 3; Draw: 2; Away: 28. TBA 1.

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