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FA Cup

  • 26 January 2013
  • • 12:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 19814
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Stoke City - Manchester City Preview: Visitors looking to continue unbeaten run in 2013

Stoke City - Manchester City Preview: Visitors looking to continue unbeaten run in 2013

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The last five meetings between these sides at the Britannia Stadium have ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but both sides will be out for a win as they clash in the FA Cup fourth round

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Whitehead, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron
Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Etherington
Walters, Crouch
MANCHESTER CITY

Pantilimon
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov
Garcia, Barry
Nasri, Aguero, Silva
Dzeko

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis could make a couple of changes from the side which lost to Swansea, with Thomas Sorensen likely to be given a chance to impress in goal.

Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones are both pushing for starts but Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch are likely to retain their starting berths - with the latter usually impressing against City.

Rory Delap (hernia) and Marc Wilson (broken leg) both remain sidelined.

As for the visitors, Roberto Mancini is also likely to change his goalkeeper, with Costel Pantilimon set to replace Joe Hart between the sticks.

Joleon Lescott and Aleksandar Kolarov could also be handed rare starts whilst Samir Nasri and Jack Rodwell remain in contention.

Further forward, Sergio Aguero is likely to get an opportunity to boost his fitness levels, possibly in place of fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez, while Mario Balotelli is again set to be on the bench.

Right-back duo Maicon and Micah Richards (knee injuries) are both still out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke reached the fourth round after overcoming Championship side Crystal Palace 4-1 in extra time of their replay tie.
  • Jonathan Walters (pictured right) is currently the Potters' top scorer, having found the back of the net eight times so far this season.
  • Manchester City have won all four of their matches in 2013 without conceding a single goal - beating Stoke, Arsenal and Fulham in the Premier League and Watford in the FA Cup third round.
  • The last five matches between these two teams at the Britannia Stadium have finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.
  • These sides played out the 2011 FA Cup final at Wembley. Yaya Toure netted the only goal to win the trophy for Roberto Mancini’s side.
  • The visitors have won the FA Cup five times - in 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, and 2011.

Players to watch

P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The lanky striker has struck up a habit of playing well against the reigning Premier League champions and almost ended their title dreams last season with a stunning volley at the Britannia Stadium. Although he has not been in the best of form of late, his manager will be hoping for a repeat of his past showings against City.

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 27-year-old has struggled to replicate his best form at times this season but was fantastic against Fulham last time out as he scored twice. The Potters are notoriously difficult to break down at home and the Spaniard will be key if City are to succeed.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts head into the game struggling for form over recent weeks. while their opponents have continued to grind out wins despite not being at their best. Matches between the two at the Britannia Stadium are usually tight and this could well end in a score draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Manchester City

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
25%
66%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
1 - 3
Manchester City FC MCI
Stoke City FC STO
0 - 3
Manchester City FC MCI
Stoke City FC STO
0 - 2
Manchester City FC MCI

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