Stoke City vs Manchester United
England Premier League
Date: Saturday, 21st January 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke City host Manchester united for match day 22 of the 2016/2017 English premier league.
The Potters savoured their 2nd consecutive league win with a 3-1 away victory Sunderland at the stadium of light. This is their first away win after going through a rough patch of 4 consecutive away defeats in the league. Going into this clash, Mark Hughes’ side have lost once in their last 5 league games at the Bet365 stadium. Stoke currently sits 9th on the log with 27 points from 21 games.
Manchester United extended their unbeaten run to 16 straight games. However, the reds saw an end to their winning streak, as they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool last Sunday. Going into this clash, Mourinho’s men have just dropped point once in their last 6 away games in all competitions. The Red Devils still maintain their 6th position in the league table, haven gathered 40 points in 21 games played so far.
Stoke currently enjoys 2 league games winning streak. The Potters have also undefeated in their last four home games in the English Premier League.
Manchester United currently enjoy a 16 games unbeaten run and have dropped only 1 point in their last 5 league games away.
Team News: Stoke City
Mark Hughes will be without the services of 6 players; Wilfried Bony, and Mame Diouf top the list as they are currently representing their national teams at the on-going Africa Cup Of nations in Gabon. In addition, the potters no 1 goal keeper Jack Butland, veteran midfielder Jonathan Walters, and Cameron Geoff will also be unavailable for this big one on Saturday.
Stoke City: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Grant – Pieters, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Johnson – Whelan, Adam – Arnautovic, Allen, Shaqiri – Crouch.
Team News: Manchester United
Jose Mourinho will be without the services of Eric Bailly, and Luke Shaw for their 11th away league games. The former is on national duty with, while the latter is out due to a foot injury. Manchester United could also be missing the services of Marcos Rojo due to a light muscle injury.
Manchester United: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
De Gea – Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian – Herrera, Pogba, Carrick – Mata, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan.
Stoke City vs Manchester United: Head-To-Head Stats
Both sides shared points in their first game of the season. Stoke city scored a late 2nd half strike to force the reds to 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Moreover, in the last 10 league meetings between both sides, Manchester united have garnered 6 wins compared to stoke city 2. In addition, Manchester united have failed to record a win in their last 3 league visit to the Bet365 stadium.
Stoke City vs Manchester United: Prediction
Stoke has done well defensively, and attacking wise in the last 2 league game; conceding once and scoring 5 goals. The potters will coming into the game high on confidence haven gone 4 league games without a defeat. However, Manchester united recent run of form will definitely be a thing of concern for the Stoke faithful. United could also draw inspiration from their Manchester neighbour, who came to the Bet365 earlier in the season and humiliated stoke city with a 4-1 score line.
Considering the last 10 games, it will be correct to say the winning momentum is with Manchester united. This gives them a better chance to victory compared to their host. However, Stoke can be a very dangerous team while playing in front of their home fans, especially in the cold and windy month of January. Therefore, we recommend to go for a handicap +1 goals in favour of Stoke City for this fixture.
Stoke City vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
Handicap: Stoke +1 at 2.40 (7/5)
Both Teams to Score at 1.95 (10/11).