Stoke City vs. Manchester United: Premier League – Match Preview

Manchester United face a challenging trip to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.

Stoke City moved into the top half of the table following a comfortable win away at Sunderland.

Two goals from Marko Arnautovic and a header from Peter Crouch secured a second consecutive win for the Potters.

A run of six consecutive league victories came to an end last time out for United as they drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool.

James Milner’s penalty was cancelled out by a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to keep United in the mix for the Champions League.

Enhanced match odds

Manchester United to beat Stoke City: 7/1 with Betfair*

Manchester United to beat Stoke City: 7/1 with Paddy Power*

Premier League form: Stoke City W2 D1 L2; Manchester United W4 D1 L0
Premier League top scorers
Stoke City – Joe Allen 5 goals
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 14 goals

Match history
Stoke recorded a 2-0 win at home to United last term, with Bojan Krkic among the goalscorers.

Lee Grant performed heroics when the pair met earlier in the season as Stoke earned a point at Old Trafford.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester United 1 Stoke City 1 – 02/10/16
Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0 – 03/02/16
Stoke City 2 Manchester United 0 – 26/12/15
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1 – 01/01/15
Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1 – 02/12/14

Under 2.5 goals – 10/11 with Paddy Power

Team news
Mame Biram Diouf, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi are all away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

Stoke are expected to name the same XI that won at Sunderland, with Jonathan Walters and Bojan both doubts.

Eric Bailly is the only absentee for United and Luke Shaw is reportedly set to be given a chance to impress.

Anthony Martial could drop out here, with Juan Mata the favourite to take his spot in the side.

Expected starting XI’s
Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Grant; Johnson, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Pieters; Adam, Whelan; Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic; Crouch
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Herrera, Carrick; Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata; Ibrahimovic

Predictions

Result: Manchester United (7/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 0-1 (6/1 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Juan Mata (13/4 with 888 Sport)

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