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January 26, 2013 8:45 PM MYT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 19814‎

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

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

By Shane Farrington

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Whitehead, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron
Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

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

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.

  • 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.

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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Sep 15, 2012 Stoke City 1 - Manchester City 1
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
20Carlo NashGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
30Cameron JeromeStriker
10Michael OwenStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
21David SilvaStriker
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
64Marcos LopesMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
21Scott Sinclair Midfielder
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