Sep 8, 2017
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Stoke City vs Manchester United – Match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Manchester United will look to extend their perfect start to the season this weekend as they travel to Stoke City. It will be an interesting contest as the Potters showed they could compete with the best a couple of weeks ago, as they took three points off Arsenal. Although United are in a better place than the Gunners right now, it will give Mark Hughes confidence that he can pick up a positive result this weekend.

The Potters are expected to finish in mid-table again this season and they have started well with two positive results. Hughes may not have progressed the team as much as he would have liked in recent years, but they remain an accomplished Premier League outfit. It will be difficult for them this weekend, but they have nothing to lose and that can be when they are at their most dangerous.

After a great start to the season, Manchester United have already emerged as one of the favourites for the title. They added quality to their ranks during the summer and have a manager that knows how to win major honours. It is too soon to get carried away, but the excitement is beginning to build around Old Trafford once again.

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Recent form

Stoke City have taken four points from their first three matches. They have conceded only two goals and that underlines their impressive organisation at the back. Their attack needs to improve, but there is no criticising their defence.

Mourinho’s side have starting the season in tremendous form, as they have won all three of their games at a canter. They have scored ten goals and have yet to concede, which means their goal difference already stands at +10.

Predicted line-ups

Saidi Berahino could come back into the side if Eric Choupo-Moting doesn’t make it back in time to start. Kevin Wimmer will be waiting in the wings to see if Kurt Zouma is passed fit.

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Manchester United are unlikely to make many changes to the team that beat Leicester City. Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score in that game and he could return to the starting eleven in place of Anthony Martial.

Team news

Kurt Zouma, Darren Fletcher, Mame Biram Diouf and Eric Choupo-Moting are all doubts for this weekend with various knocks. Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland will be missing through injury.

Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are both struggling to be fully fit for this weekend’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain long-term injury concerns.

Score prediction: Stoke City 0-3 Manchester United

Stoke City have shown that they are tough to break down and they will be difficult for Manchester United to beat this weekend. However, the visitors have been incredible during the opening weeks of the season. They should have more than enough to take the three points and they could score a few goals in the process. Initially, it will be a tight contest, but once the first United goal goes in, a couple more could follow.

Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.