Are The Citizens to continue their good run?

Last updated: April 18, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWDW
Away form: LDWLD
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City are in very good form. The Citizens are showing great fantasy football on the pitch. They smashed Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Sergio Aguero put on a great show, scoring a hat-trick against The Blues. But, Manuel Pellegrini could make a rotation in his squad, because of the upcoming game in The Champions League against Real Madrid. However, Manchester City will surely be in the mood for another victory, this time against Stoke City.

Furthermore, The Citizens have recorded 5 consecutive matches without a defeat. They have scored 12 goals in these games. Manuel Pellegrini’s players will be motivated to achieve a direct qualification for the next edition of The Champions League, so they won’t underestimate The Potters.

On the other hand, Stoke City won 2 of their last 4 matches away from The Britannia Stadium in The Premier League. But, The Potters haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 8 away matches in the league. Mark Hughes’ players still have a chance for qualifying in The Europa League, but they will struggle to reach the 6th position in the standings.

Team News

David Silva has sustained an ankle injury, so he is going to miss the match. Samir Nasri is expected to replace him in the starting eleven.

Raheem Sterling is the other main omission for The Citizens. The English international winger is expected to resume full training on 7th May 2016.

Stoke City’s top goal-scorer Marko Arnautovic is suffering from a knee injury. The Austrian has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances for The Potters this season.

Glenn Whelan, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and the goalkeeper Jack Butland are also sidelined for Stoke City. Haugaard is expected to start for The Potters.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “I am sure the target of this club is to win the Champions League.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “There’s only so many players you can bring to top clubs and only so many places in those 25-man squads that can be filled.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Nasri, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Delph, Kompany, Sagna, Clichy, Iheanacho, Toure.
Injured: Sterling, Silva.
Not available:
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Haugaard, Pieters, Bardsley, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Imbula, Cameron, Bojan, Afellay, Shaqiri, Diouf.
Subs Given, Ireland, Dionatan, Adam, Muniesa, Joselu, Crouch.
Injured: Butland, Walters, Johnson, Arnautovic, Whelan.
Not available:

Key Battle

aguero Aguero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
25 (1) 2040 21 4,1 2 5 1 0
diouf Diouf this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (12) 1151 4 1,2 1 2 2 0

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Stoke City this season
3 League Position 9
11 (7) (at home) Wins (away) 7 (6)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-1 vs Bournemouth and Norwich
1 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (5)
5 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (6)
1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Liverpool
Aguero (21) Top scorer Arnautovic (10)
Silva (11) Assist Leader Shaqiri (6)
Y53, R0 Discipline Y41, R4
8 Failures to score 10
15 Clean Sheets 10
15 Both Teams to Score Games 15
22 Over 2.5 Games 16
11 Under 2.5 Games 17
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 13 of Manchester City’s last 15 matches at The Etihad Stadium in The Premier League.
  • Stoke City have recorded 9 matches with the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in their last 11 league matches. So, both teams are expected to score lots of goals.
  • The Citizens have won their last 3 Premier League games. They are lying 3rd in the standings with 60 points collected.
  • Manchester City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 league matches. They have the best attack in The Premier League (61 goals).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/12/15 The Premier League Stoke 2-0 Man City M. Arnautović 7′
11/02/15 The Premier League Stoke 1-4 Man City S. Agüero 33′
30/08/14 The Premier League Man City 0-1 Stoke M. Diouf 58′
22/02/14 The Premier League Man City 1-0 Stoke Y. Touré 70′
14/09/13 The Premier League Stoke 0-0 Man City