Stoke City vs Manchester City Preview

March 12, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Monday evening’s Premier League action comes from the Bet 365 Stadium where relegation threatened Stoke City take on champions elect Manchester City.

The hosts are stuck in the bottom three after winning just one of their last ten league games and their draw with fellow strugglers Southampton last time out was their third in succession.

They will be able to climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of the Saints should they secure a shock win here while a point will see them move level on points with Mauricio Pellegrino’s men though the Potters have a far inferior goal difference.

Forward Mame Diouf is set to miss the game with a shoulder problem though Kevin Wimmer and Saido Berahino, who have both been put on programmes to improve their fitness could be included in the matchday squad.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is 18.0 (17/1) to get the first goal of the game with Unibet with Jese a 21.0 (20/1) chance with William Hill.

The home win is as highly priced as the 16.0 (15/1) on offer from Betfair with the hosts favourites at 1.24 (4/7) with Unibet, who have the draw at 6.6 (28/5).

Pep Guardiola’s side have taken sixteen points from the last eighteen available and they can reopen a sixteen point lead at the summit if they win for what would be a twenty-sixth time in the league this season here.

Should they take all three points they will only require two more wins to clinch the title and that defining triumph could come against rivals Manchester United on April 7th.

Top scorer Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for up to two weeks with a knee problem picked up in training.

Gabriel Jesus is favourite to open the scoring at 4.0 (3/1) with William Hill with Raheem Sterling a 5.5 (9/2) chance with Unibet.

The reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium finished 7-2 to the table toppers – the fourth time from six meetings where the Citizens have scored at least four times and you can back that to be the case her at 3.5 (5/2) with Sky Bet.

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