Manchester United vs Stoke City
English Premier League 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 12:00 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United Team News & Preview
Manchester United host Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend.
The Old Trafford outfit will look to build on their mixed start to the season with a win here and close the gap with title rivals Manchester City.
City travel to White Hart Lane this week and Mourinho will be hoping for a favour from Pochettino’s men.
Manchester United have looked very impressive in the League Cup as well as against Leicester after a run of three consecutive defeats against City, Feyenoord, and Watford.
The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League standings and could climb to the second position if they win against Stoke City and other results go their way.
Apart from Phil Jones, Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Sky Sports are claiming that Rooney is set to be dropped from the starting lineup once again on Sunday. In that case, Mkhitaryan could start in behind the Swedish striker.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been left out of the Europa League game against Zorya tonight and will be back fresh for the weekend clash against Stoke.
Manchester United’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini; Martial, Mkhitaryan, Mata; Ibrahimovic
Stoke City Team News & Preview
Stoke City have made a very poor start to their Premier League season so far.
The Potters are yet to win a single game in the league and are under immense pressure to deliver.
Mark Hughes will be hoping for a lift before the international break and this is the perfect opportunity for them to get their act together.
On current form, a win over Manchester United seems highly unlikely. But if the home side performs like they did against Watford, Stoke will have a chance.
Stoke City will be without the likes of Butland, Afellay, Ireland for the trip to Old Trafford.
Stoke City’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Given; Cameron, Shawcross, Indi, Pieters; Allen, Imbula; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Bony
Stoke City managed to beat United last season – Stoke are an impressive 13/5 to win or draw.
Manchester United vs Stoke City Key Stats
Manchester United have won 9 of their last 11 home matches in the Premier League.
Stoke have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches in the Premier League.
Manchester United have won all of their last 6 home games against Stoke City.
Stoke have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.
Manchester United vs Stoke City Betting Tips
Manchester United have an excellent home record against Stoke. Get them to win at 3/10 with Ladbrokes.
Stoke City have conceded 12 times in their last 5 matches. Manchester United have netted 7 times in the last two outings. A high scoring game is quite likely here. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 5 times in his 7 starts for Manchester United. Get him to score anytime at 8/11.
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Manchester United vs Stoke City Prediction
The home side will be hungry for a win here.
If they can replicate their performance against Leicester, Stoke City are in for a torrid afternoon here.
Manchester United should be able to pick up the three points easily. Stoke’s horrible record at Old Trafford is likely to continue.
Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City