Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday 14 April to take on Stoke City. The Red Devils are looking to tighten their grip on the Premier League title after their disappointing home loss to local rivals Manchester City. The league leaders are currently 12 points ahead of City at the top of the table and need 10 points from their remaining seven games to cross the finishing line. Stoke will not have happy memories of the last time these two teams met in the Premier League, when United won the game 4-2.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 2:05pm BST. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Highlights will be available on BBC Match Of The Day 2 on BBC One from 10:25pm BST.
Tony Pulis's side have a major problem, currently on 34 points, only three points above the drop zone. The Potters have experienced a major dip in form since the turn of the year, winning only one of their last 13 league games. Their last game ended in a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at home, where late strikes from Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke saw the Villans home, leaving the Stoke City team in further misery. They face a much bigger task this weekend, handed the prospect of overturning their dismal record against Sir Alex Ferguson's side, having never won a Premier League fixture against the Red Devils.
Manchester United are looking over their shoulder again since their debacle last season, when they squandered an eight-point lead to surrender the title on goal difference. The game against City ended with the Red Devils' first defeat in the Premier League since their 1-0 loss to Norwich in November and they have some tough games against Arsenal and Chelsea coming up. United have been uncertain of late, winning league games by just the odd goal and going out of the Champions League to Real Madrid and the FA Cup to Chelsea within a few days.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping that star striker Robin van Persie is able to shake off of his stupor and end his 10-game barren streak. A win here would make it possible for United to lift the title at the Emirates, where they play Arsenal on 27 April.
Last Five (all competitions, most recent first):L L D L L
Last Result: Stoke City 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W W D
Last Result: Manchester United 1 - 2 Manchester City
Stoke City will be without Marc Wilson (hamstring), who is likely to be replaced by Andy Wilkinson in the starting line-up. Glenn Whelan (back) is also a doubt for the game but will be able to make it from the bench if needed.
Probable Line-Up: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Shotton, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Etherington; Jones, Walters
Manchester United have Jonny Evans(hamstring) back in the squad, while Chris Smalling (knock) and Nemanja Vidic (knock) are close to making a return. Paul Scholes will be back in full training on Monday and should be available for United's late surge for the title. However, Ashley Young has been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury.
Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Carrick, Rooney, Giggs; Valencia, Van Persie, Welbeck