Bet365 Stadium - Premier League
Early frontrunners Manchester United are the visitors to the Bet365 on Saturday, as they visit Stoke in the evening kick-off. It won’t be an easy trip for the Reds, but Jose Mourinho’s men have started the new Premier League season in great form.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last three home games against Manchester United, winning one of these. Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 1-1, after a last-gasp equaliser from Wayne Rooney cancelled out a Juan Mata own goal. Stoke also claimed a point at Old Trafford last term, thanks to a late Joe Allen leveller.
After suffering a knee injury, former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is a slight doubt for the hosts. Another former United player, Mame Biram Diouf, is also a doubt, while Mark Hughes will be without Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Julien Ngoy, Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland.
For the visitors, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young remain long-term absentees, while United fans wait with baited breath for the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Otherwise there are no fresh injury concerns for Mourinho, who could throw Marouane Fellaini into the starting lineup for this one.
Stoke v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Despite a decent record over recent games against Manchester United, there’s no doubt that this is a tough task for Stoke. The visitors are looking for their fourth win in a row, and have scored 10 so far without conceding a single goal.
Stoke were impressive in their win over Arsenal though, and they’ve got plenty of threat going forward. Saido Berahino may still be looking for his first Potters goal, but in Xherdan Shaqiri and Jese there’s a lot of pace and trickery in their front line. Hughes’ side will still start this one as underdogs though, priced at 13/2 in the betting.
After starting the season in such style, the international break wasn’t ideal for United. It’s a tricky game to return to Premier League action with, but Mourinho’s men have looked solid so far. There are lots of match-winners in the final third, as Marcus Rashford proved with his performance for England against Slovakia on Monday night.
The United boss has some choices to make with his selection, but whoever he goes with there should be a strong bench to call upon. The bookmakers have got the Reds at 8/15 for the win, while the draw’s available at 17/5.
Manchester United to win from behind at 9/1
After suffering an early setback, predict that United will show their character and strength in depth by coming back to win.
1-1 draw at
Back Stoke to put an end to United’s 100% record, as the teams share a third consecutive 1-1 draw.