Since entering the Premier League in 2008, Stoke City have played Manchester City in Manchester six times. Their record: six losses, zero goals scored.
Mark Hughes’ men will look to turn around that record as they travel to the Etihad to face a Manchester City machine that looks up to defend their Premier League title. The game can be seen live at 10 a.m ET this Saturday on NBCSN.
City displayed their skill with a 3-1 victory over last season’s runners-up Liverpool last weekend. Stevan Jovetic netted two goals in that match as he continues to see starting minutes with Alvaro Negredo out with injury. Luckily for Manuel Pellegrini, City has such depth throughout the squad that the team can rebound from injury with world-class players off the bench. If Jovetic can keep up this level of play, the striker group of Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo will all look to tally double-digit goal marks for the season.
For Stoke City, manager Mark Hughes said it is important his side ‘remain in the game,’ which seems like he would be elated with stealing a point. Given Stoke’s history in Manchester and City’s remarkable form at home, few are giving Stoke a chance. Bojan has yet to score in the Premier League after looking sharp in the preseason, but will face a tough task against the likes of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta manning City’s backline. New signing Victor Moses will likely feature off the bench after impressing in his debut against Portsmouth, his first match during a loan-spell from Chelsea.
What they’re saying
City boss Pellegrini on Stevan Jovetic: “I am happy for Stevan, but not only for his goals. Stevan was also working for the whole game without the ball. He was very unlucky last season, but we never had any doubt over his quality.”
Stoke manager Hughes on facing City: “They have a quite incredible squad of players, and to be honest, it is tough for us to analyze them and have a clear indication of what they may do on the day.”
Stoke’s run of losses in Manchester will continue. After dismantling Liverpool, City will continue its unbeaten run with a 3-0 win over the Potters.
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