In this Sunday Football Preview, two excellent games are covered. Manchester United host Stoke at lunchtime, with United looking to banish their mini blip and Stoke are looking to register their first win of the season after a difficult start. Leicester host Southampton at the King Power looking to recover from their defeat against Manchester United, with Southampton looking to build on their excellent recent form.

Manchester United vs Stoke – Sunday 2nd October 2016 – 12:00 - BT Sport 1

Can United continue their mini revival against Stoke?
Can United continue their mini revival against Stoke?

Manchester United welcome Stoke to the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday, with Manchester United looking to make it four successive wins.

They come into this match on the back of a 4-1 win against Leicester at home last weekend, a result that ended United's dreadful run.

Goals from Chris Smalling (22), Juan Mata (37), Marcus Rashford (40) and Paul Pogba (42), completed an unprecedented first half for United.

It was the first time since 2006 that United scored four goals in the first half, given United's poor showings at home last year it's an enormous statement from Mourinho's men.

Leicester did manage to grab a consolation goal through Demarai Gray (59), who's stunning effort from the left managed to thunder past David de Gea.

In truth it was a poor defensive display from Leicester, they failed to mark set pieces properly and were ruthlessly exposed.

Back In Form

That win will have delighted manager Jose Mourinho, but the 1-0 in Europe against Zorya was a great follow up.

At times it was less than pretty against a side that United found hard to break down, the introduction of Wayne Rooney led to the goal.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic finishing at the near post to give United their second home win in five days.

Home Side Favourites

United come into this match as favourites and will be looking to make it three wins inside a week, against a Stoke side that are struggling.

Jose Mourinho's side are 7th in the Premier League, with a win enough to take them up to third if results go their way.

Their record against Stoke in the Premier League is excellent, although their recent record is mixed.

Manchester United are 1/3 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 11/4 to score first.

Can United make it three wins at Old Trafford?
Can United make it three wins at Old Trafford?

Stoke travel to the Old Trafford after gaining only their second point of the season, in a 1-1 draw against former boss Tony Pulis' side West Brom.

Joe Allen opened the scoring in the 73rd minute for the Potters, but more poor defending saw them concede a 93rd-minute equaliser from Salomon Rondon.

It was another disappointing performance from a Stoke side that desperately need the points, after a shocking start to the season.

With four successive defeats against Man City, Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace, Mark Hughes could have done without this tough fixture.

Yet To Win

Stoke have failed to capitalise in any game this season, with two draws and four defeats in their opening six matches.

They will be desperate to win and get that form going as soon as possible, there is no doubt they have suffered with the fixture schedule so far.

Only West Ham have a worse defensive record than the Potters, but they have also scored the least amount of goals this season.

Stoke Underdogs

Stoke come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to avoid five defeats in seven matches.

This will be a tough fixture for Mark Hughes' side, with United now back in form after a tough period of successive defeats in the Premier League.

Stoke will be looking to improve their overall record against United, in 75 matches they have won 17, lost 36 and drawn 22.

Stoke are 7/1 with Wilfried Bony at 11/1 to open the scoring.

 

Leicester vs Southampton – Sunday 2nd October 2016 – 14:15 

Can Leicester recover from their defeat against Manchester United last weekend?
Can Leicester recover from their defeat against Manchester United last weekend?

Leicester welcome Southampton to the King Power Stadium on Sunday, with both sides looking to build on their excellent midweek wins.

The Foxes into this match on the back of a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United away last weekend.

Goals from Chris Smalling (22), Juan Mata (37), Marcus Rashford (40) and Paul Pogba (42), completed an unprecedented first half for United.

It was the first time since 2006 that United scored four goals in the first half, given United's poor showings at home last year it's an enormous statement from Mourinho's men.

Leicester did manage to grab a consolation goal through Demarai Gray (59), who's stunning effort from the left managed to thunder past David de Gea.

In truth it was a poor defensive display from Leicester, they failed to mark set pieces properly and were ruthlessly exposed.

Back In Form

That defeat will have left Claudio Ranieri disappointed, one of the cornerstones of their title campaign last season was strong defending.

To concede three goals to set pieces, especially the Marcus Rashford goal will have given Ranieri an enormous headache.

Luckily they were able to put this right in the Champions League, with the Foxes recording an excellent win against Porto to make it two wins from two.

Home Side Favourites

Dragonslayer Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the game, Leicester will be looking to make it another fairytale season.

Leicester come into this match as favourites and will be looking to make it two wins in four days.

Claudio Ranieri's side are 13th in the Premier League, with a win enough to take them up to 9th if results go their way.

Their record against Southampton in the Premier League is poor, although their recent record is excellent.

 

Leicester are 6/5 with Jamie Vardy at 9/2 to open the scoring.

Can either side use their midweek exploits to their advantage?
Can either side use their midweek exploits to their advantage?

Southampton travel to the King Power Stadium after an emphatic win against West Ham, with a 3-0 rout at the London Stadium.

Goals from Charlie Austin (40), Dusan Tadic (62) and James Ward-Prowse (90 +2) completed an emphatic win for the Saints.

It was another disappointing performance from a West Ham side that desperately need the points, after a shocking start to the season.

Claude Puel will be delighted with his side though, to score three away from home in such a dominant performance will have delighted the Frenchman.

Mixed Start To Season

Southampton have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, they had failed to win any of their opening four matches.

It wasn't until their opening 3-0 win in the Europa League that they kickstarted their season, Sparta Praha the victims on this occasion.

Their European adventures continued on Thursday, with a 0-0 draw against Hapoel Be'er Sheva away, who are unbeaten in their new stadium.

Saints Underdogs

Southampton come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to make it three successive wins.

This will be a tough fixture for Claude Puel's side, with Leicester looking to build on their excellent start in the Champions League.

Southampton will be looking to maintain their overall record against Leicester, in 52 matches they have won 21, lost 16 and drawn 15.

Southampton are 23/10 with Charlie Austin at 13/2 to score first.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Ibrahimovic to score first @ 11/4 and Manchester United to win 3-1 @ 7/1

Tip 2 – Vardy to score first @ 9/2 and a 1-1 draw @ 9/2

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