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Manchester City vs Stoke City 23 April 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions

Game
Manchester City (4th), Stoke City (9th)
Date & Time Saturday April 23, 2016, 7:45 AM (EDT)
The Line
Manchester City 1.30 Draw 6.00 Stoke City 11.00
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Soccer | Manchester City (4th), Stoke City (9th)

Manchester City have run into some good form and they will want to keep up their good work as they place Stoke City this weekend in front of their home crowd. This is going to be an interesting game since Manchester City have the Champions League coming up and they will want to save some of their big names. That being said, a win is still a necessary factor here as well since they have not secured a spot in the top 4 yet.

Manchester City have been playing a lot better since the return of Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian superstar has been playing very well and the Sky Blues will hope he can keep that up again in this match. In addition to that, this will be yet another opportunity for the captain, Vincent Kompany to get some match time and this will aid him in the Champions League clash which is coming up. I think Manchester City win here since they are by far the better side and in front of their home crowd they will surely be a treat.

Stoke City on the other hand seem like a side who have given up and are now just playing for the end of the season. Last week they play Tottenham and they didn’t even seem interested and the level of effort put in was almost zero so I don’t expect a lot from them. I think Stoke will get a hammering here since for them the off season in a little too close.

As far as betting is concerned, I think betting on Manchester City with a handicap is the way to go. The price we are getting is good and in front of their home crowd I think they always get there. This is a good value bet and I think a medium size wager is the way to go. 

Pick:
Manchester City -1.5

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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