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  • 14 April 2013
  • • 14:05
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 27191
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Stoke - Manchester United Preview: League leaders look to regain winning form against deteriorating Potters

The Red Devils lost to their city rivals last time out and travel to face Tony Pulis' relegation-threatened side aiming for the victory will push them closer to another title

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE

Begovic
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Shotton, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Etherington
Jones, Walters

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra
Carrick, Giggs
Young, Rooney, Welbeck


Stoke defender Marc Wilson (hamstring) is rated as doubtful for this game and may be replaced by Andy Wilkinson. Glenn Whelan (back) has also been struggling with injury, although he may be fit enough for the bench.

Otherwise, Potters manager Tony Pulis has no new injury problems ahead of this game as he looks to register just Stoke's second win since the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, Manchester United may welcome Jonny Evans back into their squad after a hamstring problem.

Defenders Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic (both knock) are also nearing returns, as is Paul Scholes (knee).

Ashley Young (ankle) was substituted during the 1-0 loss to Manchester City, but should be fit and available for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke have been without a win in six games since beating Reading 2-1 in early February - their own victory in 2013.
  • The Potters defence is ranked sixth in goals allowed, conceding just 39 all season.
  • Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross began his career at Old Trafford but did not make an appearance in the Premier League.
  • In their previous meeting this season, Manchester United came out 4-2 winners thanks to a double from Wayne Rooney (pictured) and one each for Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck.
  • The Red Devils have benefited from five own goals in the Premier League, more than any other team.
  • Before their loss to their local rivals on Monday night, United had won five of the six Premier League home games in which they had trailed this season.
  • The Red Devils have yet to concede from a penalty in the league this season.

Players to watch

A. Begović

Position: Goalkeeper

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If Stoke are to be successful in this game, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will need to be on top form. The Bosnian has been linked to a series of high-profile clubs - including Manchester United - and will need to be at his best to keep out a Sir Alex Ferguson's potent attack.

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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For the away side, striker Robin van Persie has been going through something of a lean patch, but still presents one of their more dangerous attacking threats. The Dutchman can change a game in an instant, and his goals have helped propel Manchester United towards another title.

Editor's Prediction

Stoke may have their famous home advantage, but have struggled recently and find themselves almost mired in the relegation battle after managing a sole win since the turn of the year - and that was against the league's bottom club Reading.

Manchester United have almost secured another Premier League title, and should have more than enough to secure a comfortable win and dismiss any talk of a hangover from their derby defeat to Manchester City.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Manchester United

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN
Stoke City FC STO
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MUN
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN

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