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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Everton continued their solid start to the new Premier League season as Ronald Koeman‘s side edged out Stoke City in stormy conditions at Goodison Park.
The Toffees won the game thanks to Leighton Baines‘ second half penalty kick which rebounded off Shay Given, onto the post and then back off his head and in. Despite the comedic nature of the game-winner, Everton were the more dangerous side throughout and deserved to win by more.
With the win Koeman’s side now have seven points from their opening three games, while Stoke has just one point on the board.
It was all Everton in the first half as Kevin Mirallas forced Given into a smart stop down low and Ashley Williams almost grabbed his first goal for the club as he headed Mirallas’ cross towards the far corner of the net but Peter Crouch brilliantly hooked it off the line.
Everton then had a great chance as Ross Barkley drove towards the box and set up Mirallas. His powerful shot forced Given into a fine stop as the veteran goalkeeper tipped the ball over the bar.
Barkley then went close as Mason Holgate whipped in a great cross from the right which Barkley slid in for but just missed.
Everton eventually went 1-0 up in the second half as Phil Bardsley was adjudged to have pushed Williams in the box and Baines’ spot kick was not well struck and was saved by Given in the wet conditions. However the ball then struck the post and hit Given on the head before going in. 1-0 to the Toffees in comedic fashion.
Soon after they went behind a rare chance arrived for Stoke as Marko Arnautovic had a shot pushed onto the bar by Maarten Stekelenburg but Everton kept pushing hard for a second with Yannick Bolasie forcing Given into a save and the Stoke goalkeeper also denied Barkley.
Stoke went close as Arnautovic’s cutback couldn’t find Jonathan Walters and then Bolasie curled another effort just wide.
Riyad Mahrez whipped a free kick just over from a promising position and it was then down to Leicester’s other star to put them ahead.
Leicester took the lead through a classic counter attack as Danny Drinkwater‘s perfect long ball found Vardy who finished emphatically to grab his first goal of the season, and his 50th in the league for Leicester, to put the Foxes 1-0 up.
Leicester then had a great chance to go 3-0 up after Shinji Okazaki was fouled in the box but Mahrez’s penalty kick was saved by Lukasz Fabianski as he tipped it onto the post and then saved Okazaki’s shot with the rebound.
One of his first acts was to pick the ball out of the net as Fer headed home to make it 2-1. Game on.
Despite being ahead Leicester continue to pour forward and search for a third goal but left gaps at the back which Swansea couldn’t exploit. The Foxes were relieved to bag their first win of the new season.
They had more of the chances on the afternoon, but it took over 90 minutes for Crystal Palace to rescue a point at home against Bournemouth. Scott Dann‘s 93rd minute equalizer gave the home side a 1-1 draw after limiting their opponent to just three shots on target.
Bournemouth struck in the 11th minute when Josh King smashed his close-range effort inside the far post.
Just five minutes later, Palace had a perfect chance to equalize from the penalty spot but Yohan Cabaye‘s effort was saved in spectacular fashion by goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
With neither side taking control of the match in the second half, Palace battled its way back into the game to find their opening goal on the day in stoppage time.