England: Premier League
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+1)
As the current English season unfolds, next to Crystal Palace, Leicester, Everton, West Ham, West Bromwich and Swansea, the coach was dismissed also at the well-known Britain arena in Stoke-on-Trent.
Alas, one of the strongest head coaches of the Premier League, the worthy pupil of sir Alex Ferguson - Mark Hughes has lost his job. But, nowadays realities are as follow - when the team wins, media sing songs to players and the boss of the football club and when the team loses, the head coach becomes the one who is always guilty...
Prior to the calendar match of the 23rd round against Man United at Britannia Stadium there is no caretaker manager of the first team. Bosses of the Potters are ready to pay compensation to Catalan Espanyol equal to €4 million for the fastest transfer to Stoke-on-Trent of the Spanish expert Quique Flores.
We doubt that Flores knows that in summer shoulder-period Stock has sold out all the best players and therefore his falling on standings’ bottom with the subsequent dismissal of Mark Hughes was inevitable.
Man United (the head coach José Mourinho)
The grandee of the national football became the closest opponent of the underdog. Now the Mancunian superclub is fighting against Chelsea for the second final position and at the same time is getting ready for two-matches Champions League battle with the Spanish Sevilla.
Jose Mourinho's team has carried out last New Year's Boxing day extremely unsuccessfully, having scored only six goals in four matches. And that is why now, at a meeting with the underdog the hosts of "Old Trafford" are eager for a revenge. Match prediction
And now it is necessary to name one unbiased fact! Even in former years when the Potters were "tough nut" of the English football, four out of five last meetings of the current rivals on "Old Trafford" have ended in favor of the Mancunian grandee (4:2, 3:2, 2:1, 3:0, 1:1). But now, during game crisis and the lack of the head coach the possible victory of the favorite doesn't raise any doubts.
Man United – 1.22, draw – 7.00, Stoke – 15.00
tip: Under 3.5 - odds 1.70 Pinnacle