Manchester City vs Stoke City : Odds and Predictions

By Pavithran Chidambaram

December 19, 2018

The league leaders are likely to lift the silverware with only four victories needed for the rest of the season and this match would prove to be a crucial one. The upheaval in Blues made an incredible campaign so far and the innovation what Pep brought in modern football is transforming the whole league. The Invisible runaway leaders have just dropped points four times so far and would be hopeful on lifting the title for the third time on a special match likely to be a Manchester Derby. The last fixture with Stoke had raining goals with Gabriel Jesus scoring a brace and five others scoring for Citizens.

Currently, Stoke has a disastrous season losing their last five games and deep in relegation zone who are desperately in need of a point at least. Stoke have never lost both fixtures to Man City and would look forward to enduring the record. Losing to Basel on reverse fixture and playing without star striker Sergio Agüero who suffered a training injury may be concerned. Pep may rotate the squad heavily to find the best out of the full squad and upcoming international break would be refreshing to the crucial end of campaign. Lastly, the Blues are likely to win the match.

GAME INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 Premier League, Matchday 30

Date/Time: Monday, March 11th, 2018, 1.30am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis; Cameron, Ndiaye; Shaqiri, Allen, Choupo-Moting; Crouch

Man City team Injury: Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy, Sergio Agüero

Stoke City team Injury: Mame Biram Diouf, Lee Grant, Stephen Ireland, Peter Crouch, Ryan Shawcross

PREDICTION

MAN CITY 3:1 STOKE CITY

MOTM:  De Bruyne

Photo Courtesy: Mancity.com

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