After the win against Zorya in the Europa league on Thursday, thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic solitary goal, Manchester United will host Stoke City at the Old Trafford on Sunday.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 2, 2016, at the home of Manchester United. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- UK time: 12 p.m
- USA time: 7 a.m.
- Pacific time: 4 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 2 p.m.
- UAE time: 3 p.m.
- Indian time: 4:30 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 7 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Preview and Team News
Following their absence in the game against Zorya, Englishman Luke Shaw and Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return from illness and injury, respectively.
Defender Phil Jones is likely to be absent due to a niggling knee injury.
The skipper, Wayne Rooney, is pushing for a starting spot after the record goalscorer for the club impressed in the last outing, despite appearing as a substitute.
David De Gea, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, and Antonio Valencia were all rested in the previous game, so they are expected to return to the starting XI against Stoke.
Stoke City’s metronome, Joe Allen, has not trained since last weekend due to a tight hamstring. He is a doubt for the game as he has not trained since last weekend due to a muscle injury.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland will also miss the game because of an ankle injury, and his understudy, Lee Grant, will deputize in his place.
Jose Mourinho had this to say about the game against Stoke City (reported by BBC Sport).
“It is another poisoned gift because Stoke is not what the table says. The manager is very good, the players are good, the team is good, so when I look to the table, that’s not Stoke’s position. I play against a good Stoke and not the Stoke in that position in the table.”
Manchester United vs Stoke City: Stats
- Manchester United has won their last eight home fixtures against Stoke City (all competitions).
- Man Utd has won nine of their last 11 home games (PL).
- United has netted at least two goals in their last eight home matches against Stoke (all competitions).
- Stoke tasted defeat in five of their last six away matches (PL).
- United has seen over 2.5 goals in seven of their last 8 home matches against Stoke (all competitions).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in United’s last three matches (PL).
The stats were provided by Whoscored.
Manchester United Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailey, Smalling, Rojo; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Herrera, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.
Stoke City Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3): Grant; Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Cameron, Whelan, Allen; Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Bony.
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on SiriusXM FC, Telemundo, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, and NBCSN. The United Kingdom viewers have to tune to BT Sport 4K UHD, BT Sport 1, or BT Sport Live Streaming to watch the game live.
Manchester United vs Stoke City: Head-to-Head (H2H)
- The last time Man United was beaten by Stoke was in April of 1976 with 1-0 scoreline.
- Stoke City has only won five of their 43 games at the Old Trafford.
- United has beaten Stoke in 15 of the last 16 Premier League games.
Manchester United vs Stoke City: Prediction
After a recent slump in which United lost three games in a row, it has won three games in games in succession. Although United was dull and lacked energy against a relatively smaller opponent in the Europa league, its deserves credit for grinding out the result.
United is expected to continue its winning run against Stoke City on Sunday.
Final Predicted Score: Manchester United 3-1 Stoke City
Manchester United vs Stoke City: Betting Tips and Odds
- Manchester United win: 1/3
- A draw: 19/4
- Stoke win: 7/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 5/4
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/7
- Both teams to score: 5/6
- Both teams fail to score: 4/5
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
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