Stoke City vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Monday, 12 March 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
Stoke City are unbeaten in three straight league outings, but they still sit in the drop zone since none of these fixtures has brought them a three-pointer. The Potters are actually wiles in last five Premier League ties and they will have almost impossible task to end such a dismal run on Monday evening when they host runaway leaders Manchester City in the last game of the Matchday at Bet365 Stadium.
The Citizens have managed to survive Arsenal and Chelsea tests in the last couple of rounds to confirm the dominance in English top flight. They are now 13 points clear at the top of the standings, but with a game in hand on their city rivals Manchester United who have defeated Liverpool in the inter-city derby on in Saturday’s early fixture.
The Citizens will generally come into the game in high spirits in site of the 1-2 loss to Basel in the reverse match of their Champions League tie. The tie has been closed after the first leg which has seen a demolishing 0-4 victory for Man City. Guardiola mixed up his cards in the second leg and we can expect the rested stars to feature this Premier League trip to Staffordshire. Gabriel Jesus made the return on the pitch after a lengthy injury and he was the man who bagged team’s lone goal against the Swiss champions.
Nonetheless, we expect the Spanish manager to use Sergio Aguero as the main option in the final third here. The Argentine forward could have plenty of room to add to his impressive 21-goal tally on Monday given that City will be up against relegation strugglers who have been easy to break down throughout the entire season.
Stoke City vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
The Potters can still remember the painful 7-2 defeat they’ve suffered in this term0s clash with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens have dominated this match-up in the last couple of years winning three of last four meetings with Stoke City.
Nonetheless, Stoke have the positive H2H ration in home matches against the Citizens (22 wins to City’s 12).
Stoke City vs Manchester City: Prediction
The Potters have improved their performances of late, but they can still hardly stay competitive against the league’s best side.
It0s hard to go past seeing Man City as huge favourites and we’ll back the visitors to win by two ro more goals as the main pick, while we will alternatively take Sergio Aguero to score anytime at 1.66.