City to struggle at The Britannia Stadium!

Last updated: December 3, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Britannia Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWDW
Away form: WLLDW
Last season: 1-4
Competition: The Premier League

The Britannia Stadium is one of the most inhospitable places in The Premier League. Manchester City also have difficulties when visiting Stoke City. For example, The Citizens have recorded only 2 away games from the last 9 matches between these two teams. A draw has recently become the most common result. Between 2010 and 2012 both teams finished their 4 matches at The Britannia with a 1-1 final score.

Mark Hughes will be furious with his defence, because his defenders were terrible in the last match against Sunderland (0-2 away defeat). Ryan Shawcross was shown two yellow cards and left the pitch in the 47th minute. Then, the second goal in the game for Sunderland was due to an uncoordinated action in defence, which allowed Watmore to score after a throw-in. In addition, Stoke City allowed Sunderland to take 14 shots at their goal.

Manchester City put up a very nice performance against Southampton and The Citizens are about to get out of their mini crisis. Kevin De Bruyne was the best player on the pitch, scoring a goal and assisting for another one he will be even more confident in City’s next game against Stoke City.

Team News

Ryan Shawcross is going to miss the match against Manchester City. The defender is sidelined through suspension (red card against Sunderland).

Manchester City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart is injured. He missed the last match against Southampton, but Caballero showed he’s a good replacement for the English goalkeeper.

Joselu and Shay Given are still not recovered from their injuries. The Spaniard has received an injury in a training session.

Serious problems in Manchester City’s defence; Kompany and Mangala are both injured and Pellegrini will have to play Otamendi and Demichelis.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “We’ve got a good balance at the moment. We are defensively resolute and we have a creative spark.”

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “Every manager in the world would like Lionel Messi but I never talk about rumours.”

Expected line-ups:

Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Walters.
Subs Haugaard, Bardsley, Diouf, Crouch, van Ginkel, Adam, Ireland.
Injured: Given, Joselu
Not available: Shawcross
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Caballero, Sagna, Kolarov, Demichelis, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Wright, Fernando, Navas, Bony, Iheanacho, Delph, Clichy.
Injured: Hart, Kompany, Mangala, Nasri, Zabaleta.
Not available:

Key Battle

diouf Diouf this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (4) 577 3 1,3 0 1 0 0
Toure this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1013 2 2,9 4 1 2 0

So far this season

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Stoke this season Manchester City this season
12 League Position 1
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (3)
2-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 6-1 vs. Newcastle
1 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (2)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
0-2 to Arsenal, Watford, Sunderland Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham
Bojan, Diouf, Arnautovic (3) Top scorer Aguero (7)
Johnson, Arnautovic (2) Assist Leader Silva, De Bruyne (6)
Y22, R3 Discipline Y26, R0
6 Failures to score 2
5 Clean Sheets 7
4 Both Teams to Score Games 7
3 Over 2.5 Games 9
11 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • Even though Man City have only 2 away victories in the last 9 visits to The Britannia Stadium, they won their last match against Stoke 4-1. The Citizens top goal-scorer Aguero scored twice.
  • Stoke City’s last win against The Citizens was on 30th August 2014 at The Etihad Stadium, when Mame Diuof scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute.
  • Manchester City have lost only one away Premiership game this season. The Citizens lost to Tottenham 1-4. Their last two away matches ended with 0-0 draws.
  • The Potters have lost 3 of their 7 home Premier League games. Stoke were defeated by Watford, West Brom and Liverpool.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
11/02/15 The Premier League Stoke 1-4 Man City Aguero 33′
30/08/14 The Premier League Man City 0-1 Stoke 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
26/01/13 The FA Cup Stoke 0-1 Man City Zabaleta 85′