Stoke vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Date: 21 January 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Manchester United may have broke their winning run, but they are still unbeaten and another draw against Liverpool is not the worst result, however, they will want to get back to winning ways when they take on a Stoke side that is rejuvenated and highly motivated.
Manchester United are a team that has found their feet, they are still in sixth, but are making a march up against the Top four, and even should be considered in the title race as there is plenty of games for them to catch up the current 12 point gap. However, more pressing is to overtake major rivals Manchester City who are only two points above them as Pep and his team find it harder to adjust to the premier League than Jose is taking to adjust to Manchester. Other than Tottenham, United look to be the most in form team in the Top Six.
For Stoke, they were once a relegation team but have forced their way up the log and have ebbed and flowed around the mid table, but they are now into ninth on the log and a real threat even to teams like united in the Top six. Stoke slumped slightly with losses to Chelsea and Liverpool, but they cashed in on easier games like their clashes with Sunderland and Watford most recently. This game against United will be a challenging one, and a game against opposition that have done better than them before as Stoke struggle against the big names in the League.
Stoke vs Manchester United: Head-to-Head Stats
Stoke do not have much historical comfort in this match as they have only accumulated two wins in 17 games, as well as only three draws as the Red Devils have won the 12 other games. When these teams met at Old Trafford however, it was during United tough phase and they played out to a 1-1 draw.
Stoke vs Manchester United: Prediction
Stoke are definitely a team on the rise, but United have gone through it all and have proven they are back to being a true force in the League that will not be overhauled by a minor team like Stoke. Even at home, Stoke have struggled against bigger opposition and it does not get much bigger than United – expect a good win for Jose and his charges.
Stoke vs Manchester United: Tips
Zlatan has been a big factor in united rejuvenation after a poor start so look for him to provide a goal at least.