Manchester City vs Stoke City
|Date & Time||Saturday December 5, 2015, 7:45 AM (EST)|
The Line: Stoke City 9/2 Draw 11/4 Manchester City 3/5
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League leading Manchester City travel to the Britannia Stadium for the early kickoff on Saturday to face a strong Stoke City team. Manchester city went back to the top of the league table on goal difference last weekend with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Southampton and will look to make it three wins in a row on Saturday when they take on Stoke. City will look to Aguero, De Bruyne and Streling to provde the goals as they seek to stretch their lead at the top of the table before the rest of the teams play. Manuel Pelligrini will have been dogged by rumours of the impending take over of Pep Guardiola next summer and I am sure more than one of the pre match questions will be aimed at the Spanish man's reign as City Manager. But Manchester City are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and are looking to regain the title they lost to Chelsea last season. Injuries to Zabalte, Mangala, Kompany and Hart will make this game even more difficult.
Stoke City are one of the inform teams in the league and will be looking to continue their strong form when they face Manchester City. Mark Hughes side were impressive midweek in the League Cup when disposing of Arsenal's conquerers Sheffield Wednesday, that made it three wins from four and their only loss in that period came when losing Ryan Shawcross to an early sending off against Sunderland last weekend. The Potters have been excellent at home though with four wins in their last five at home ( in all competitions). Bojan , Arnautovich, Diouf and Walters have all led the way for Stoke and Bojan in particular has been brilliant this season since returning from a season long injury. Stoke are a well organised team, tough to beat and they use their pace on the counter attack.
Tough game to call here and while I do think Manchester City probably deserve favouritism I dont think they should be odds on away to Stoke. I'm taking the home team on the handicap in a game that could very well see Stoke sneak it on the counter attack.