After dropping points from the last Premier League matches, Jose Mourinho will surely want to get an emphatic win from the game week 23 showstopper – the fixture of Manchester United vs Stoke City.
United have got back to winning ways against Everton, after drawing three of their consecutive games before. They also came out victorious in the FA Cup tie against minnows Derby County. Should United win the fixture against Stoke, they will be able to take a three point lead over third placed Chelsea in the league table, and that should add some extra motivation for the Red Devils.
Stoke City have gathered only four points from their last seven league outings. They have already sacked Mark Hughes from the position of the manager, and are on the lookout for an able replacement. According to reports, Martin O’Neil is the front-runner for the job, and speculations suggest that he will bring Roy Keane as his assistant. Amidst all these raucous over the managerial appointments, they will visit Manchester United at Old Trafford. If they manage to pull off an upset, it will get them out of the relegation zone.
Manchester United vs Stoke City – Team news:
Mourinho is going to miss several of his first choice defenders. Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are still out due to injuries. Ashley Young will also be missing this fixture, serving the last game of his suspension. Thus, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw are expected to take the flanks while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will partner in the center. The rest of the team should not have any surprise.
Stoke City will miss the services of Ryan Shawcross, Glen Johnson and Jese Rodriguez. Eric Pieters is doubtful but he should be able to make it to the starting eleven. But, the same cannot be said about another doubtful Bruno Martins Indi. In the attacking midfield, Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri have been in good touch, and they will probably be joined by Choupo-Moting. The biggest question, however, will be the selection of the striker. No one has been effective for Stoke so far, and the stopgap manager will have a hard time choosing the best option from Mame Diouf, Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino.
Here is out predicted away eleven for the fixture of Manchester United vs Stoke City.
Key players: The home side will be depending on Pogba to create chances for Rashford and Lukaku. Jesse Lingard is also going to play an important part for United. He has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games and continued that in the FA Cup fixture against Derby County as well. The young Englishman will want to extend his tally against a hapless Stoke City.
On the other hand, for the Potters, Joe Allen has been in an exquisite form of late, and he will be the key man going forward. Kurt Zouma will also have to play his parts to stop the likes of Lukaku and co.
Manchester United vs Stoke City – Prediction:
We think it will not be a difficult fixture for the hosts. Our prediction is a 3-0 win in favour of Mourinho’s eleven.
Recent Premier League form (latest first):
Manchester United: W-D-D-D-W
Stoke City: L-L-D-W-L
Manchester United vs Stoke City – betting odds:
Manchester United win: 2/9
Stoke City win: 14/1
Manchester United vs Stoke City – TV guide:
This fixture will kick off at 8pm local time on Monday (2pm Central time, 3pm Eastern time, Tuesday 1:30am IST). It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports PL in the UK, NBCSN in the USA and in Star Sports Select HD1 in India. If you want live streaming links, please send us a message to our official Facebook page.
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