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

Manchester United will look to extend their perfect start to the league season away at Stoke City in Saturday’s evening kick-off.

Stoke City have made a solid start to the league campaign and drew 1-1 with West Brom before the international break.

Peter Crouch’s late equaliser means Stoke have four points from three difficult fixtures.

Manchester United were too strong for Leicester City a fortnight ago, easing to a 2-0 success at Old Trafford.

Despite a missed Romelu Lukaku penalty, goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini means United have a two point advantage at the top.

Match history
Both league meetings last term finished 1-1, with Wayne Rooney becoming Manchester United’s record goalscorer thanks to a late leveller at the Britannia.

Stoke have lost just one of their last five matches against Manchester United!

Last five Premier League meetings
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1 – 21/01/17
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

Stoke City DC – 17/10 with 888 Sport

Team news
Stoke could name the same XI that drew with West Brom, meaning new signing Kevin Wimmer will make do with a substitute role.

They are likely to continue with a 3-4-3 formation, although Saido Berahino will again be on the bench.

Manchester United could include Ander Herrera for the first time this season with United set to line up in a 4-3-3 formation.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are banned for the mid-week Champions League fixture so both are certain to start here.

Expected starting XI’s
Stoke City (3-4-3): Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Cameron, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters; Shaqiri, Jese, Choupo-Moting
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Martial

Predictions

Result: Draw (16/5 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 1-1 (15/2 with William Hill)

Anytime Goalscorer: Paul Pogba (11/4 with Betfair)

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