Sport news – Manchester United’s ambition to keep top spot standings will get the test this weekend. They must challenge one of Stoke City’s black horse teams at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday (9/9) tonight.
As already known, Manchester United started the 2017/2018 season with very strong. They wiped out three EPL premieres with a win, in which they scored 10 goals and did not concede at all in those three matches. Therefore they are determined to continue this positive trend in the fourth weekend of EPL.
In the fourth week of this Red Devils will visit Bet365 Stadium to challenge host Stoke City. The team is nicknamed The Potters is currently ranked 11th EPL after winning 1 victory, 1 draw and 1 defeat in the first 3 games EPL this season.
Mark Hughes’s team can be said as the antithesis of the stronghold of the demon. They succeeded in drawing three times in a draw team made by Jose Mourinho in the last six meetings of both teams.
The bad note of the red devils gets worse if they play at Brittania Stadium (Now Bet365 Stadium). For the last four years, they have never won at Stoke City headquarters with 2 draws and 2 defeats against The Potters. Therefore they have to work hard to break the bad results.
Red Devils are also required to be vigilant because this season Stoke City reinforced by their former players, Darren Fletcher. Fletcher himself proved often troublesome red devils when he was still strengthening West Bromwich Albion, and he is also ready to spread terror to his former club with Stoke City.
Entering the top standings, Mark Hughes still has a number of injury problems on his team. Julien Ngoy, Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Affelay have been sidelined with this injury while Kurt Zouma and Mame Biram Diouf are also doubtful to be fit to play in this match.
Hughes is likely to plot a 3-4-2-1 scheme in which Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be plotted as their main striker on this fight which will be supported by Jese Rodriguez and Xherdan Shaqiri. In midfield a combination of Joe Allen and Darren Fletcher will keep the ball flow of The Potters, while their goalkeeper will be escorted by England goalkeeper Jack Butland.
In the camp the visitors, Jose Mourinho still can not play Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are still in injury recovery. While Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are also doubtful to appear after they played in the U-23 Team lately.
Mourinho himself is predicted to play a 4-2-3-1 scheme in this match with Romelu Lukaku as their main bang on this fight. He will be assisted by Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata in the attacking midfield sector. Duet Phil Jones and Eric Bailly is believed to be re-deposed Jose Mourinho to escort David De Gea as their last doorstop.
Estimated Player Composition
Stoke City (3-4-2-1): Butland; Indi, Shawcross, Wimmer; Pieters, Fletcher, Allen, Cameron; Jese, Shaqiri; Choupo-Moting
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Blind, Jones, Bailly, Valencia; Pogba, Matic; Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Eyes; Lukaku
Second Team Statistics
Head to Head
21/01/17 Stoke City 1 – 1 Manchester United (EPL)
02/10/16 Manchester United 1 – 1 Stoke City (EPL)
03/02/16 Manchester United 3 – 0 Stoke City (EPL)
26/12/15 Stoke City 2 – 0 Manchester United (EPL)
01/01/15 Stoke City 1 – 1 Manchester United (EPL)
Five Stoke City’s Last Match (M-K-M-M-S)
05/08/17 RB Leipzig 1 – 2 Stoke City (Trial)
12/08/17 Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City (EPL)
19/08/17 Stoke City 1 – 0 Arsenal (EPL)
24/08/17 Stoke City 4 – 0 Rochdale (CAR)
27/08/17 West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Stoke City (EPL)
Manchester United’s Last Five Matches (M-K-M-M-M)
03/08/17 Manchester United 2 – 1 Sampdoria (Trial)
09/08/17 Real Madrid 2 – 1 Manchester United (USC)
13/08/17 Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United (EPL)
19/08/17 Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester United (EPL)
26/08/17 Manchester United 2 – 0 Leicester City (EPL)
The fourth weekend of EPL is a game that must be won by Manchester United. If they reach full points then they will maintain their position at the top of the standings so they will perform all-out in the weekend match later.
Action against Stoke City is certainly a very difficult game for the Red Devils if they see their poor record counter The Potters for the last four years. But the Red Devils themselves have a good momentum so they are believed to end their poor record at the Stoke City headquarters.
Bolanet predicts this match will end with Manchester United’s victory with a final score of 1-2. How do you predict Bolaneters? Convey your prediction in the comment field.