by Ian S. Palmer
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Manchester United is back in action on Tuesday, February 2 when they host Stoke City in an important English Premier League match. United beat second-tier English Championship League club Derby County 3-1 in their fourth-round FA Cup clash in Derby on Saturday while Stoke was downed 1-0 in London by fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in their cup match. United needs as many points as possible if they hope to achieve their goal of a top-four finish, but they’ve already dropped three points to Stoke this season.
Manchester United vs Stoke City – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Manchester United as the favorites at 8/11 with Stoke 4/1 and a draw at 5/2
Manchester United vs Stoke City – Head to Head:
- Stoke beat Man United 2-0 back on Boxing Day at Britannia Stadium. They drew 1-1 at Stoke last season and Man United won 2-1 at Old Trafford. Only Chelsea has won as many Premier League matches against Stoke as Man United at 11 victories with United winning all seven Premier League contests at Old Trafford. United striker Wayne Rooney has three goals in his past two contests against Stoke. The two teams have met a total of 103 times in the past with United winning 42, losing 28 and drawing the other 33. Stoke has won just two of the last 17 encounters in all competitions.
Man United enters the game in fifth place in the standings and are five back of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur. United has 37 points from 10 wins, seven draws and six losses and have 28 goals for and 21 against. The Red Devils have five victories at home along with four draws and two defeats with 12 goals scored and just five conceded. They have seven clean sheets at Old Trafford, but have also been shut out five times at home. Overall, they have a league-best 11 clean sheets and have failed to score in eight of their contests. United has two wins, two draws and two losses at home in their past half dozen outings. United has just one loss in their past five league games, but have just one win at home in their past five.
Stoke enters the 24th round of league action with nine wins, six draws and eight losses for 33 points and occupy ninth place. They’ve scored 24 times this season and have allowed 25 goals against. Stoke has four wins, four draws and four losses on the road with 11 goals four and 15 against. They’ve been shut out five times on their away travels and also have five clean sheets on the road. They’ve been shut out nine times overall and have also failed to find the back of the net in nine of their fixtures. Stoke has two wins, three losses and a draw in their past six away outings.
On the injury front, Man United will likely be without Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nick Powell, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia. Stoke is expected to be missing Marc Wilson, Charlie Adam, Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron.
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