Man United v Stoke City
Monday, Jan 15 – 20:00pm
Man United recovered from a difficult run of results at the end of December, by beating Everton 2-0 in the league, and Derby 2-0 in the FA Cup. The Red Devils are rumoured to be close to signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez this week, and if the Chilean does decide to opt for the red half of Manchester, he could have a huge impact on the rest of Man United’s season. With Man City’s unbeaten run coming to an end against Liverpool yesterday, Jose Mourinho will be looking to keep the pressure on Pep Guardiola, and a win today could see United move within 12 points of the league leaders.
Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is set to become Stoke City’s new manager, following the sacking of Mark Hughes last week. The Scot has a tough task ahead of him with the Potters currently 18th in the Premier League table; however, a win today could see Stoke move above the relegation zone. Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters could feature for Stoke City today, with reports that both players have recovered from their recent injuries.
What the stats tell us:
- Man United have collected 25 of a possible 27 points from their home matches against Stoke City in the Premier League – dropping points in this fixture last year.
- Stoke have failed to win in their last 17 visits to Old Trafford in all competitions (D2 L15) – their last win at the ground coming in April 1976.
- The last three matches between these two clubs have ended in a draw – Man United last drew four times in a row against Leeds United between 1982 and 1991.
- Jose Mourinho’s side have won just one of their last four matches at home in the Premier League (D2 L1) – prior to this they won eight consecutive matches at home.
- Only two clubs have conceded 47+ goals after 22 Premier League matches and survived the drop – Swansea (2016/17) and Wigan (2009/10).
- Stoke City have never lost an away match on a Monday in the Premier League (W3 D5) – their last Monday away defeat in the top-flight came back in 1985.
- The Red Devils have lost one of their 29 home matches in the Premier League on a Monday (W21 D7).
- Nine managers have experienced their first match with a new club at Old Trafford – only Claudio Ranieri has managed to avoid defeated (3-3 with Chelsea in 2000).
- Anthony Martial has been involved in three goals in his last two matches against Stoke in the Premier League (two goals, one assist).
Man United are still miles behind Man City at the moment, but a big win today would be a huge statement with City losing their unbeaten record yesterday. Stoke have been in miserable form of late, and sacking Mark Hughes was probably a wise decision. Hopefully Paul Lambert will be able to breathe new life into the Potters, but any sort of turnaround is unlikely to start today. Man United to win comfortably.