Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stoke City vs Manchester United
Competition: English Premier League
Date: 26 December 2015 - Time: 12:45 GMT
Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 

Stoke City team currently occupy a mid-table spot in the Premier League, just six points behind their opponents, having won six, drawn five and lost six of their 17 league games this season. The Potters are into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup despite struggling to gain any momentum this season. They have lost their last home fixture against Crystal Palace, but recorded three consecutive victories, including a 2-0 win over Man City. The Potters have also seen off Chelsea on their ground this season.
Mark Hughes could recall former United striker Mame Biram Diouf to the line up to add pace and power to their frontline. Marco van Ginkel is set to continue alongside Glenn Whelan in the double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1 setup while the likes of Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa are unavailable for selection.
Man United are winless in their last six matches in all competitions, a run that has seen them drop out of the top four and exit the Champions League. The Red Devils suffered a  bloody defeat to Norwich City last Saturday and anything other than a victory for Manchester UTD could spell the end of Louis van Gaal as manager.
Martial and Rooney looking sure starters in attack. Ander Herrera is likely to return to the starting XI, with Marouane Fellaini making way in midfield. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still banned while Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Jesse Lingard and Matteo Darmian are all out through injury. Youngsters Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson appear unlikely to be handed starting berths, so the back four of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind may remain unchanged.
Man Utd are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches against Stoke City. Anyway, they  have only scored 12 goals in their last 13 matches in all competition while the Potters have been in very solid defensive form recently, keeping six clean sheets in their last eight matches.

Probable lineups:
Stoke City: Butland – Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters – Whelan, Adam – Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic – Diouf.
Manchester United: de Gea – Jones, Smalling, Blind, Young – Carrick, Herrera – Mata, Rooney, Depay –Martia.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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