Manchester United v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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Managerless Stoke face a tough assignment in this Monday night game, as they head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Although their title challenge is all but over, the Reds need a win to maintain their bid to finish in the top four.

Past Meetings

The last three games between these two have ended in a draw, which includes a 2-2 scoreline earlier this season. A late Joe Allen equaliser cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener in this fixture last term. That was the first time United had failed to beat Stoke at home in the Premier League era, with the Reds winning all eight of the meetings at Old Trafford.

Team News

Jose Mourinho will surely name Romelu Lukaku in the starting lineup, after the Belgian striker came off the bench and scored in the FA Cup win over Derby. The United boss must do without Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ashley Young, who is suspended, although Antonio Valencia is expected to return after a thigh injury.

Stoke meanwhile could welcome back a trio of defenders, in what would be a major boost for a backline that is likely to be under siege. Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters are all pushing for a return from injury, although Glenn Johnson remains sidelined with a knee problem. Elsewhere, on-loan Jese Rodriguez looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Manchester United v Stoke Preview and Predictions

Whether they’re optimistic or not about the remainder of this season, the Manchester United supporters inside Old Trafford on Monday night will expect to see their side pick up three points against struggling Stoke. The visiting fans meanwhile could have a new management team to get behind for this difficult away day.

United’s lead over fifth placed Tottenham could be cut to just three points by the time this game kicks off. With Lukaku back in the starting XI, Jose Mourinho will have to decide whether to surround the No.9 with pace or try to unpick the lock of what’s likely to be a tight game with the guile of Juan Mata.

The Potters have been linked with bringing in Martin O’Neill as their new boss, and if his current assistant with the Republic of Ireland comes with him, then United legend Roy Keane could be in the Stoke dugout too. The visitors have some talented players in their ranks, but they’ve been shipping goals far too easily this season and have conceded seven more than any other team in the Premier League.

It’s no surprise that United start as heavy favourites in the betting, with the hosts priced at 1/4. Stoke are available as long as 16/1, while it’s 25/4 if you think the game will end in a draw.

Recommended Bets

Jesse Lingard to score first at 5/1

With four goals in his last four games, Jesse Lingard will expect to get another start. After bagging some important goals in recent weeks, he’s a candidate to open the scoring, and 25/1 to do so in a 2-0 United win.

Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 21/10

This could be a decent way to improve your odds on the home win, as the Potters have a number of players capable of scoring goals. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of them, and he’s 18/1 to score from outside the penalty area.