Stoke V Man City
Can the Citizens overturn some less than ideal form away at the Britannia where they have failed to win in their last five visits? Stoke are really finding wins hard to come by, but they have drawn their last three home matches in the Premier League against Man City, all by a 1-1 scoreline. So will that trend continue, or will City’s stars find a way through the stubborn Stoke side?
Stoke v Man City Betting Odds at online bookmaker BetFred:
Man City 8/11, Draw 11/4, Stoke 4/1
The stats suggest that this is going to be a pretty tough encounter for the defending Premier League Champions. City have not picked up a win there in their last five visits, but Stoke are pretty much the draw experts. They have drawn their last five competitive matches, including all three this season. In the Premier League Stoke have drawn their last four in a row now at the Britannia, and they are actually unbeaten in their last eight there. So that is how tough of an afternoon City will have. It is very tempting to ride the 1-1 Correct Scoreline as it is trending hot in this fixture, but City are the better side. It may be a long afternoon for City, so it could be worth looking at a Draw/Man City Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 7/2 at online bookmaker BetFred.
Stoke have lost just one of their last eleven home games against teams who finished in the previous season’s top six
Stoke have won three and lost none of the last eight league home matches
Carlos Tevez has netted four in six games against the Potters
Stoke have a (W1 D9 L4) record in their last fourteen Premier League matches
City are undefeated in their last nine league games
Head to Head:
After opening with wins on their first two visits to the Britannia, City have failed to record a victory in their last five there in the Premier League. City have drawn three and lost two of those five. Everything does equate though to just one win for Stoke against City in the last nine meetings in all competitions though. Stoke have managed to score exactly one goal in each of the last four home league matches against City.
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Stoke v Man City Betting Preview:
Will this be as tough of an afternoon for Man City as the stats are suggesting that it is going to be? They are clearly the better team, but no-one can grind out results and frustrate higher opponents better than Stoke. The Potters are finding wins hard to come by, but with nine draws in their last fourteen Premier League matches, you can see where their expertise lies. The Potters have recorded back to back draws this season and have drawn the last four in a row now, carrying over to the back end of last season. Stoke just frustrated sides so well through organisation and hard work. The Potters have allowed their opponents the joint-fewest amount of shots on target this season. That is the stubbornness that City are going to have to break down.
While Stoke may give a début to Michael Owen, City’s Argentinian star Sergio Aguero has reportedly been back in training after picking up an injury earlier in the season against Southampton. It is unclear whether he will be ready to face Stoke though. City have been doing things the difficult way this season, having Liverpool gift them a point, having to fight back against Southampton and taking a long time to get past QPR. Still, they have returned two wins and a draw in defence of their title, but they have to turn around indifferent form against Stoke to keep up their momentum. It could be a long afternoon for Mancini’s men.