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Goals flying in as Manchester United, Stoke City take early leads

Nov 10, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

Manchester United's Van Persie celebrates after scoring a goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London Reuters

Robin van Persie has scored against his former club and Peter Crouch has two assists as both respective sides have scored in the first half hour of play.

In the first real chance of the match from Old Trafford, the Dutchman connected on a long-distance header off a corner and gives Manchester United a lead over Arsenal.

It wasn’t even a guarantee that van Persie would play prior to the match as he struggled with a groin injury but his presence has born fruit for David Moyes.

Meanwhile, the imposing Peter Crouch has provided two one-touch assists for Stoke City who have a 2-0 lead at the Liberty Stadium over Swansea City.

He first sprung Jonathan Walters free with a beautiful header in the midfield, and Walters did the rest for the opener.  Then, Crouch took a cross from Walters in the box and redirected brilliantly to Stephen Ireland who put the visitors two-up.

With two upsets already in the books this morning, both favored sides in the later Sunday games trail early on.  Will we have a comeback on our hands or will surprises reign king on the day?

  1. jrocknstuff - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Every sports book in the world had Man U favored. This isn’t an upset. They have been laying half a goal all week.

    • Kyle Bonn - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      I think it’s fair to say that the overwhelmingly red-hot first place team losing to 8th place could be considered an upset, no matter what the books say.

  2. jrocknstuff - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I just have a hard time labeling United as an underdog at Old Trafford

  3. hildezero - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Both of you guys actually have a point…

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