Stoke - Manchester City Preview: Champions looking for first win in six at Britannia Stadium



Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron
Pennant, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly
Crouch, Owen

Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov
Yaya Toure, Garcia
Nasri, Silva
Tevez, Dzeko

When the champions visit every manager hopes to have as many players available for selection as possible, and Tony Pulis has almost a full squad to pick from this weekend.

Matthew Etherington (hamstring) and Andy Wilkinson (concussion) were both considered doubts for the match, but Pulis confirmed they could play a part while Michael Owen, Steven N'Zonzi and Maurice Edu may make their debuts.

Jamie Ness (groin) is still ruled out after picking up a knock against Swindon Town in the League Cup, but after appearing for the reserves in midweek Mamady Sidibe could return from a similar injury.

Manchester City still have a few players ruled out, such as Jack Rodwell (knee), Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) and Mario Balotelli (eye), while Sergio Aguero (knee) will be touch-and-go until Saturday.

However, Gareth Barry (lower abdomen) and Micah Richards (ankle) could return and, should they pass fitness tests, they will likely start on the bench.

Roberto Mancini could also give debuts to his three deadline-day signings Matija Nastasic, Maicon and Javi Garcia with the latter two the most likely to start.


  • City are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have conceded two goals in three of their four matches.

  • Yaya Toure has so far averaged 99 passes per match this season, the best in the Premier League.

  • Stoke have won just one of their last 14 league matches.

  • Mancini's men have failed to win on each of their last five visits to the Britannia Stadium.

  • Garcia, Nastasic and Maicon could all make debuts for the Premier League champions.

  • While Owen (right), Edu and N'Zonzi are also in line for their first Stoke appearances.

  • Owen could line-up alongside Peter Crouch once again. The last time the duo played together was a 3-0 England home win against Russia in 2007, with the former Manchester United man scoring twice.

  • In his last six matches against Stoke, Carlos Tevez has scored four goals.

  • So far this season Stoke have allowed their opponents the fewest number of shots on target; seven.
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