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  • December 21, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Stoke City

Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Stoke City

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The leaders have not lost a single game at the Etihad in the Premier League this season, and are on an undefeated run of 18 matches on their own turf in the division


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Toure, De Jong, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Shotton, Woodgate, Huth, Wilson
Pennant, Palacios, Whitehead, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be without the services of Aleksandar Kolarov as the fullback is sidelined with a groin injury and is not expected to return until the new year.

Micah Richards appeared to have picked up a knock during the recent victory over Arsenal, and Pablo Zabaleta could play at right back if the Englishman is unable to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, with games coming in quick succession, Edin Dzeko could be brought back into the starting lineup to keep things fresh.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis will not be able to pick Ryan Shawcross as the defender is suspended for this game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the win over Wolves. Ryan Shotton should therefore slot in at right-back with Jermaine Pennant taking his place on the right flank. Jonathan Woodgate would then partner Robert Huth in the center of defense.

Meanwhile, Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson are doubts with calf and knee injuries respectively.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester City has not lost a single game at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this season. It remains undefeated in 18 consecutive home matches in the division.
  • Mancini's men have also scored the most number of goals in the league this campaign, hitting the back of the net 50 times so far.
  • That is 3.125 goals-per-game in the top flight. If they maintain that ratio, City will break Chelsea's record Premier League-era record of 103 goals in a season by getting to a total of 118.
  • In contrast, Stoke City has scored only 18 goals through the course of its league campaign so far. No team has scored fewer than it has in the current top 10.
  • The Potters have won their last four games in the league, and their last two away games. But prior to that, they had won only one league game in 16 matches away from the Britannia Stadium.
  • Stoke has a poor record against Manchester City, winning only two of its last 11 matches in all competitions. This also includes last season's FA Cup final, which Pulis' men lost 1-0 at Wembley.
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
15Salif DiaoDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
8D. ArismendiMidfielder
10Ricardo FullerStriker
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David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
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Thomas Sørensen
Thomas Sørensen
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
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