Stoke – Manchester United – and a match of the 22nd round of the English Premiership certainly attracted a lot of attention because they meet two teams from the upper part of the table, with the ninth Stoke at the moment has a big 13 points behind Manchester United six. Otherwise, both teams are in pretty good shape so that Stoke won in the last two a Premier League appearances, while on the other series of United’s nine victories stopped just in the last round, when they drew at home against their biggest rivals, Liverpool. Otherwise, the autumn tour of United and Stoke at Old Trafford ended with a draw – 1: 1, while in turn last year both celebrated at home.
And that it is not an accident, it is best confirmed by the fact that Stoke and in the previous two seasons remained unbeaten in domestic clashes with United, so that in their camp and now secretly hoping for a good result against the favored guests from Manchester. All the more so because the two previous rounds won all six points after a domestic triumph of 2: 0 against Watford and put away the 3: 1 against Sunderland, he had in fact again and returned to the top of the table.
But what is certainly worrying coach Hughes is the recent elimination from the FA Cup after a home defeat to second division Wolverhampton, but the primary defeat of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, which only tells us that obviously do not have the right solutions when you play against this team from the very top of the Premier league. In addition, Hughes at this time to have only one true striker, Crouch, due to the African Cup of Nations are Bony, Diouf and Sobhi, while not sufficiently recovered Bojan and Walters. And next to them are due to injury sidelined another goalkeeper Butland, defender Cameron and midfielder Ireland.
Probable lineups Stoke: Grant – Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters – Whelan, Adam – Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic – Crouch
Unlike Stoke who plays changeable lately, football players Manchester United have until the last round were a series of nine consecutive victories, six earned in the championship and one in the European League, the League Cup and FA Cup, but then came the big championship derby against Liverpool, who almost took all three points with Old Trafford. The Reds led until the 84th minute, when the scene for the umpteenth time came glossy Ibrahimovic and tied at 1: 1, which is your team still left in the race for the top of a Premier League table, considering that at the moment have only five points behind second Tottenham.
However, for leading Chelsea behind big 12 points, which will certainly be difficult to make up the remaining 17 rounds, but as long as there’s any chance of that happening, we are sure that the “red devils” and try to take advantage. For this reason, and in this match with Stoke expect United’s attack to three points, especially as coach Mourinho has at its disposal all the players except defender Bailly, who even before this is the African Nations Cup.
Probable lineups Manchester United: De Gea – Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw – Carrick, Herrera – Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata – Ibrahimovic
Stoke – Manchester United Tip
Although the team Stoke is in good shape, this time he should be a crucial moment in the willing guests from Manchester, where the points a lot more needed to fight for the very top, and besides Mourinho now has fewer problems with the absences of their colleagues Hughes.
Tip: Manchester United victory
Odds: 1.63 with Unibet (up to 1.58 can be played without problems)