GAME WEEK 23- MANCHESTER UNITED vs  STOKE CITY| MATCH PREVIEW

GAME WEEK 23- MANCHESTER UNITED vs STOKE CITY| MATCH PREVIEW


Manchester United can narrow the lead down to 12 points if they win their home fixture against Stoke City. Manchester City’s doctrine was finally breached by a determined Liverpool unit and City dropped their first three in what might have been the match of the season. United have got their big names back for this fixture and they’ll be eyeing to make a mark. A mark that could disturb the league leaders. United, however, need to convert stalemates into victories. They’ve dropped 6 points in the last 5 games. Now, those numbers need to compound to multiples of 3 if they are willing to compete for the title. Also, Manchester United have won 25 of a possible 27 points in Premier League home games against Stoke, with the only points dropped coming in this exact fixture last season.

Stoke City are fighting the relegation zone and are 18th on the table with only 20 points. On road, their record has been risible. 1 win out of eleven. Mark Hughes was sent packing after an abysmal run and has made way for Paul Lambert. Ironically, newly hired managers tend to make an affirmative start. It has happened with Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace and also with Sam Allardyce at Everton. Can the same happen with a struggling Stoke City?

Nine previous managers (including interim managers) have taken charge of their first ever Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford – the only one not to lose was Claudio Ranieri with Chelsea in September 2000 (3-3).

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played

19

Manchester United

12

Stoke City

2

Draws

5

Stoke City are winless in their last 17 away trips against Manchester United in all competitions (Draw 2 Lost 15). Their last victory was a 1-0 win in April 1976.
STATS: The Potters have never lost a Premier League away game on a Monday before. They’ve won three and have drawn five of their eight games. Their last top-flight away defeat on a Monday was in May 1985 (1-5 vs Ipswich).
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
JESSE LINGARD(Manchester United): Only 917 minutes of Premier League match time but the impact he’s made on the games has been massive. The two goals against Burnley, an absolute scorcher against the Toffees and a brace against Arsenal. Lingard has proved to be the game changer for United. Against Stoke, against voluminous defenders, he’s got to sneak his way through to create chances. The solo effort against Watford gives you a clear indication of what the talented midfielder is capable of. Against the Potters, Jesse Lingard will be the man to watch out for.
Minutes played: 917, Goals: 7, Assists: 4.
Jesse Lingard has scored 11 and assisted a further five goals in all competitions for Man Utd this season. He averages a goal or assist every 88 minutes, the best ratio of any Manchester United player.
Kurt Zouma(Stoke City): 47 goals conceded(the highest in the league) describes in detail how inefficient the Stoke defence has been. But, Kurt Zouma has been the only light in a rather feeble back four. Zouma was recruited on loan and has been in top form throughout. Zouma will have an uphill task to keep Romelu Lukaku quiet, but taking into count the defenders form, Zouma might just get the better of the Belgian striker.
Minutes: 1685, Goals: 1, Clearances: 131.  
EXPECTED PLAYING 11 FOR MUN vs STK: 
Manchester United: David De Gea(wk), Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku.
Stoke City: Jack Butland(gk), Ryan Shawcross, Kurt Zouma, Kevin Wimmer, Moritz Bauer, Darren Fletcher, Joe Allen, Mame Biram Diouf, Xherdan Shaqiri, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Peter Crouch.
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