Stoke City vs Manchester City
STK VS MCI MATCH PREVIEW:
The Champions-elect Manchester City will be traveling to the windy bet365 Stadium to face the strugglers Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday night.
Pep Guardiola’s team is only four wins away from clinching their 3rd Premier League title, and based on current form of both the teams, there are more than decent chances that it would be three games after the match against the Potters.
Though Stoke are at 19th place, and in the danger zone, they are only seven points worse off from 11th placed Brighton & Hove Albion. Also considering that all the teams surrounding them have dropped points during the weekend round of fixtures, Stoke can move out of the relegation zone with a win over the Citizens.
But can you see it happening?
Paul Lambert has certainly weaved his magic since he took charge of the Potters. He has managed to build some momentum as his side is now on a five game unbeaten streak. But that may not be enough to save Stoke’s Premier League status as his team will be facing the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool in the remaining fixtures.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are having a campaign where they could be the only team to collect more than 100 points in a single season. To achieve that feat, Pep needs only 20 points from the remaining 27 available, and it is really achievable for Man City.
When: March 13th, 01:30 AM IST
Where: bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Stoke City – W D L D D D
Manchester City – W L W W W L
STK vs MCI TEAM NEWS:
Stoke will be without the services of Mame Biram Diouf, Stephen Ireland, and Lee Grant for this match, while Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch can both make it to the starting XI after they made the bench last weekend.
Butland (GK); Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Stafylidis, Cameron, Ndiaye, Shaqiri, Allen, Choupo-Moting, Crouch
Sergio Aguero suffered a knee injury in the training and is set to miss the clash. Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are still doubtful for Manchester City, whilst Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy are unlikely to return as well.
Ederson (GK); Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Silva, Gundogan, Bruyne, Sane, Jesus, Silva
Stoke City- No first division title
Manchester City- 04 times English Champions
Stoke City – Shaqiri, Allen, Crouch
Manchester City – Jesus, Sane, D. Silva. B. Silva
Some key stats:
- Manchester City have won four times in their last seven games against Stoke City.
- The Potters, however, have kept three clean sheets in the last 7 games against the Citizens. But in the other four games, they have conceded a whopping 19 goals.
- If Manchester City win this match they will be doing the league double over Stoke for the first time since 1998-99 when both these teams used to play in the 3rd tier.
- Manchester City have lost only one game in the Premier League all season. That loss came on the road and against Liverpool.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Manchester City are the entertainers and are the hot-favorite in this match. But Stoke City are fighting for their lives and that makes them a formidable opposition. Also, everybody knows about the cold and the windy night in Stoke and how it plays into the hosts’ hands. So City will definitely not be cruising in this match.
A 1-3 win for the visitors.
NOTE: THIS STK VS MCI MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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