Stoke City, though, started the new campaign with a defeat under their new boss Mark Hudges but their performance in the next two games were really attractive, especially, against West Ham United at Upton Park where came out with all three points. Mark Hudges, who could impress the fans with his former teams Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers looks pretty desperate with his new side. Stoke is going to host some heavyweights for the first time in Britannia stadium in the new campaign, that is Manchester City.
Manual Pellegrini’s men have already snatched two victories out of three games but their performance have not been clinical. Their defeat at the Cardiff City has created a lot of talking points. They might have won against Hull City at their fixture but their performance was not enough satisfying for the fans. Their next destination is the Britannia stadium where it is pretty difficult for the visitors to snatch all three points.
What to expect from this match
Stoke haven’t signed enough players in this summer transfer window, but one loan signing could come out as pretty valuable, Oussama Assaidi all the way from Liverpool who is expected to make his debut. The Moroccan winger could not impress at Liverpool last season but he was a key man in his previous Dutch side. He has good skills and pace too. It would be really interesting to see how he performs for his new side. On the other hand, Manual Pellegrini must take out all three points from this match to please the fans and answer his critics too. The last time when these two sides met on this ground both teams had different managers and the score line was on the FA cup tie where Manchester City came out with the 0 – 1 victory.
Players to watch out for
Jermain Pennant (Stoke City) : Scored the winner against West Ham United at Upton Park in the last fixture, the former Liverpool man looks to be in great form. Pennant can be the key man against Manchester City.
Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City) : Scored two goals in his last three games, the Spanish international looks to be in superb form. He would possibly replace Dzeko to make his first eleven debut.
Stoke City : We see three changes to be made by Mark Hudges. Injured Charlie Adam could be replaced by Maurice Edu as Glen Whelan is also injured. Jonathan Walters could be replaced by the scorer of the last game Jermaine Pennant and Kenwyine Jones might get replaced by Peter Crouch. Assaidi can come out from the bench.
Manchester City : Two changes are possible for the away side where one is obvious as David Silva picked up a vital thigh injury he could be replaced by James Milner and Edin Dzeko who performed disastrous in the last game would possibly get replaced by Alvaro Negredo.
We predict Manchester City will come out with the important away victory from this game but Stoke will give a very tough competition to the visitors. Manchester City might get able to get a clean sheet from this match.
Predicted score line : Stoke City 0 – 1 Manchester City
Predicted scorer(s) : Negredo (Manchester City)