Premier League: Stoke v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Since being fired as Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes has not beaten his former club – losing three on three occasions and drawing once. His Stoke side, currently fifth in the Premier League and featuring former City midfielder Stephen Ireland, will have to be at their best to change that. Their last win over Saturday's visitors came in January 2009, while Hughes was at the helm.

City, meanwhile, are adapting to a new coach of their own. Despite scoring eight times in three games, more than any other club, defeat to newly promoted Cardiff last month proved to be an early setback for Manuel Pellegrini. Having loaned out Abdul Razak and Gareth Barry in the time since, will he successfully balance attacking guile with defensive solidity at the Britannia?

Stoke duo Geoff Cameron and Kenwyne  Jones could return from injury, although Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan are doubts. However, a thigh problem from international duty has seen David Silva join new signing Martin Demichelis and captain Vincent Kompany on the treatment table. Stevan Jovetic, a £22 million summer signing from Fiorentina, is likely to make his City debut, and Micah Richards could also return from a spell on the sidelines.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm                                                                             

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Stoke 0 Manchester City 1 (Zabaleta), FA Cup, January 2013

Manchester City 3 (Zabaleta, Dzeko, Aguero) Stoke 0, Premier League, January 2013

Stoke 1 (Crouch) Manchester City 1 (Garcia), Premier League, September 2012

STATS…

Manchester City have kept 20 clean sheets since the start of last season, more than any other club.

Stoke had the Premier League's worst passing accuracy in 2012-13 (70.2%); that figure is currently 78.7%.

After scoring only four headed goals last season, Manchester City have already registered three from 18 attempts.

ODDS…

Stoke to win: 5.5

Manchester City to win: 1.61

Draw: 3.8

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:30pm

News
news
Sport
Danny Cipriani of England breaks clear to score his second try
rugby
Life and Style
New research says leaving your desk can help you to avoid serious illness
health
Arts and Entertainment
tvSPOILER ALERT: Like a mash-up of 28 Days Later, Braveheart, The Killing and Lord of the Rings, this GoT episode was a belter
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral