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Stoke City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Citizens to prevail in Potteries

posted by David Nugent
Stoke City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Citizens to prevail in Potteries

Stoke City and Manchester City goes head-to-head at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League.

Stoke City v Man City

Premier League

20th August 2016

Kick-off 12:30

Live On Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Ultra HD

Stoke opened the new Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with top-flight new boys Middlesbrough last Saturday. Swiss international playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri scored for the Potters after Alvaro Negredo had opened the scoring for Boro.

Stoke have a mixed record against City in the Premier League at home, winning just two of the eight meetings. However, five of those meetings have finished in draws and City have recorded one win.

The Potters are underdogs in this clash at odds of 47/10 at Marathon Bet, despite suffering just that one home defeat in the Premier League era against the Citizens.

Manchester City have started life under Pep Guardiola with a 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League, before a 5-0 trouncing of Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest in the play-off stage of the Champions League.

Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has scored four times in City’s two games, as well as missing two penalty kicks against Steaua in Bucharest. He will again be expected to provide City’s main goal threat.

City are still developing under new boss Guardiola and this could be a tough test of their resolve, as Stoke is always a difficult ground for opposition teams. The Citizens can be backed at odds of 7/10 at Marathon Bet to pull off an unexpected victory.

For those who like sitting on the fence, the draw is odds of 3/1 with Marathon Bet, which does not look a bad bet considering the history of the fixture.

Big Tip

The big win against Steaua will have the City tails up and I can see them just shading this game in a tight game. Our big tip is City to win at odds of 47/10 at Marathon Bet.

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