Man City v Stoke preview, team news & odds

Updated: December 20, 2011

Table toppers Manchester City look to continue their good run of form when they host Stoke at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, kick off 7.45pm
Roberto Mancini’s side gave notice of their intent to stay at the top of the Premier League with a hard fought 1-0 win against Arsenal at the weekend. That victory sent them back to the top of the table having been headed, briefly, for a few hours by Man Utd.

Save for their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea two weeks ago, City have been showing the sort of form that marks them out as potential league champions. David Silva has been a stand out player thisseason, and combine that with the strength in depth and all round fire power that City possess they will be a very tough nut for Stoke to crack.

Speaking ahead of the game, Roberto Mancini is not taking Stoke for granted and expects a tough contest on Wednesday. “Just like Arsenal, Stoke come here having won their last four Premier League games on the bounce. It is going to be another very tough game for us, but one that we are looking forward to”

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is looking to end 2011 on a high and he intends on starting with a win against the league leaders. “We’ve had a fantastic season and we want to go out on a winning note to better last season’s points tally and finish in the top ten,” he said.

“We have a responsibility to the Premier League and to this Football Club to do our very best to win that final game. As it is the last game of the season, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can get Jermaine, Matty and Kenwyne back in time”.

While Stoke are sure to put it up to Man City, it is almost impossible to look beyond the pace setters in the Premier League. Man City are selected to continue their good run of form. A 3-0 scoreline is 8.6 on Betfair and should be backed

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