Who: Stoke City vs Manchester City.
Where: Britannia Stadium.
When: September 15, 2012.
Stoke City and Manchester City will renew their games in the Premier League this weekend when they meet on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium.
The last game in this stadium ended in 1-1.
Stoke started the season with three draws, including hard game with Arsenal in a 0-0 draw at home. Manchester City has two wins and a draw. But Citizens had also a difficult game against Liverpool. It is also very important that in all three matches City missed goals.
Tony Pulis has made several purchases in the last term of the transfer window. He signed Michael Owen for free, and three midfielders: Maurice Edu, Charlie Adam from Liverpool and Steven N’Zonzi. It will be interesting to look at the newcomers if they will play.
Stoke has almost all key players and beginners available for this meeting, and it is possible that Matthew Etherington with a hamstring injury will be available too.
Andy Wilkinson suffered a concussion and falls under doubt for this match. Pulis confirmed that Michael Owen, Steven N’Zonzi and Maurice Edu could make their debut.
But Jamie Ness with a groin injury and Mamady Sidibe will not appear exactly.
Manchester City has not been active as usually in the transfer market, but in the last few days they made some of the deals concluded with Javi Garcia, Maicon, Matija Nastasic and Scott Sinclair.
Citizens will have in mind that they can have a very hard trip to Spain in the middle of the week, where they will meet Spanish giant Real Madrid.
It gives more interest to this match. It will be very important how Roberto Mancini could prepare his team this weekend.
Partaking of Jack Rodwell with knee injury, Pablo Zabaleta with hamstring and Mario Balotelli that has eyes infection is still impossible. While Sergio Aguero who’s had a knee injury may restore until Saturday.
Projected Stoke City Lineup: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Pennant, N’Zonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch, Owen.
Stoke City Last three matches:
Wigan Athletic 2 – Stoke City 2;
Stoke City 0 – Arsenal FC 0;
Reading 1 – Stoke City 1.
Projected Manchester City Lineup: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov,
Yaya Toure, Garcia, Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko.
Man City Last three matches:
Manchester City 3 – QPR 1;
Liverpool 2 – Manchester City 2;
Manchester City 3 – Southampton 2.