Preview - Stoke City vs Manchester City March 13 2018

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Match Day 30
Stoke City vs Manchester City
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: bet365 Stadium

Stoke City: 
Last five matches form: D L D D D
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.9
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (7)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.9
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Sergio Ag├╝ero (21)

Starkly contrasting seasons for the two "City's" who meet at the bet365 Stadium this weekend. Whilst Manchester City continue to canter towards the Premier League title, Stoke City sit second bottom and are currently staring relegation firmly in the face.

With second top scorer Miram Biram Diouf out, and Peter Crouch a doubt, the goal-scoring responsibilities for Stoke will fall to Xherdan Shakiri once again.

City are largely at full strength here. A returning to fitness, Raheem Sterling, may return to the squad for the first time in six matches.

Manchester City did surprisingly lose at home to Basel in midweek, but a much-changed side losing in what was effectively a dead rubber match should have no bearing on events here. Expect the big guns to be back out in force as Pep Guardiola bids for a quick return to winning ways.

Stoke City have looked far more solid at the back of late but will face their ultimate test against super slick City. An ambitious approach from the hosts would likely result in a goal difference damaging hammering, so we would expect this to be back to the walls stuff from the off.

City can be stifled, as evidenced by their shock recent cup defeat to lowly Wigan, but even that day they created enough chances to win comfortably. With the home side scrapping for their lives, this may be tighter than would seem likely, but City simply have way too much quality for their hosts and should come out on top.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-2 Manchester City


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 3 - 17
Shots on target: 0 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 -10
Possession: 23% - 77%

A quiet night for referee Jon Moss who only reached for his pocket once when booking Joe Allen for the home side.

This one went almost entirely to script, and if anything was even more one sided than anticipated, with Stoke City failing to register a single shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.

Another game, another win for Pep Guardiola's men who now must hold every chance of reaching a magical 100 points total. 16 points clear of Manchester United in second, it won't be too long until before the Premier League trophy is unveiled at the Etihad.

Sergio Aguero was missing from the squad for Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola will have been heartened by the return to fitness of Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho, both of whom started the game.

This was one-way traffic from the start, and City didn't have to wait too long to break the deadlock with the first goal arriving in the 11th minute.

It was Sterling who created the breakthrough, breaking down the right-hand side before cutting the ball back to an onrushing David Silva to side foot home first time. Lovely goal.

Stoke came close to an equaliser when Kyle Walker very nearly lobbed his own keeper, but it remained 0-1 headed into the break.

Five minutes into the second period, it was effectively game over as Silva grabbed his second of the night. Playing a clever one-two with Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the area, Jack Butland came rushing off his line but Silva got there first to find the back of the net.

Cruise control for City from there on in. Final score 0-2.

Already possessing the worst goal difference in the league, the one bonus for Stoke here was that they at least weren't defeated too heavily. The Potters remain second bottom but only 1 point away from safety.

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