Considering Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has notched an incredible tally of 11 goals in 11 appearances against Stoke since arriving in England just over a decade ago, evens about the 31-year-old finding the net again at the Britannia seem out of this world.
Van Persie failed to fire during the 2-1 win at home to Mark Hughes’ side earlier this month, which was the first time he hasn’t punished the Potters in nine appearances, dating back to November 2008.
Even former club Arsenal’s woeful record away to Stoke couldn’t stop the son of Rotterdam scoring on the road in his last two Gunners matches against the Staffordshire outfit, and Van Persie has continued in this vein since leaving north London for Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.
In fact, the two-time Premier League top marksman will be aiming to bag in his fifth consecutive game at England’s windiest ground, which would be no mean feat even for a player of Van Persie’s vaunted gifts.
Furthermore, Louis van Gaal’s men’s clash with Hughes’ robot football monsters comes a week before the tenth anniversary of Van Persie’s first ever goal against Stoke, at Highbury in Arsenal’s 2-1 2004/05 FA Cup third-round win, so there’s a fine omen as well as remarkable form to go on.
However, even more striking is the fact that not one of his 11 goals have opened the scoring in their respective matches, which suggests 4/1 odds on RvP doing so this time around should be swerved in favour of the anytime evens.
For punters in search of higher value, try the 13/2 on the Netherlands skipper bagging a brace, as he has done twice in his last nine clashes with the Premier League mid-tablers.
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