20th of January 2017 Author: Johnny Karp
Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to meet Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. The Potters earned a good 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in October and they can also gain confidence from last season's 2-0 home victory over the Red Devils. Manchester United have not won at Stoke City since 2013, when they recorded wins both in the league and in the League Cup.
Stoke City have won their last two league matches to end a poor run of seven matches without a win. However, in between those two victories they lost 2-0 at home to Wolves in the FA Cup, not exactly a result they would be proud of. Manager Mark Hughes still has lots of injured players, including striker Jonathan Walters, while Biram Diouf, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Manchester United's nine-game winning streak was ended last weekend, when Liverpool recorded a 1-1 derby draw at Old Trafford. It could have gone worse for the Red Devils, as they only snatched a point thanks to a late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Manager Jose Mourinho has a fully-fit squad at his disposal, the only unavailable player is Eric Bailly due to international duty.
Stoke: Grant - Johnson, Indi, Shawcross, Pieters - Adam, Whelan - Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic - Crouch
Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw - Herrera, Carrick - Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata - Ibrahimovic
My prediction: 1-1 draw.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Stoke win - 6.00
Draw - 4.20
Man United win - 1.60
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United can't afford loosing points in this one if they want to stay close to top 4, obviously there will be 6 teams fighting for these 4 places so no one is really certain of his place.
Stoke not having great season at all but Britania is one of the hardest places to visit for any team in the Premier League so..I don't have an idea how this game is going to end.
I think United played more than decent lately and the only I could notice as a weakness is the nerviness in front of goal, they creating many chances but couldn't score enough of them which speaks for not enough confidence and tension in most of the players.
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