Manchester City vs Stoke City
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 13th October 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City will be keen to hold on to the top spot in the Premier League when they take on Stoke City this weekend.
The Citizens made a giant leap in title race with a narrow 1-0 away win at Chelsea just before the international break. They are level on points with arch rivals Manchester United, but could move above their city rivals who have a tough trip to Anfield on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in all competitions this season, with the 10 games they played so far seeing 9 wins and a draw. Their scoring form is incredible having netted 30 goals till now, with 22 of them coming from the 7 in the Premier League. Meanwhile, they conceded just 3 goals in the period.
For Stoke City, it is a familiar struggle once again as the team failed to live up to the expectations on field despite boasting several quality players in their ranks. The team managed just 8 points from their 7 games so far and are positioned at 13th in the standings.
Besides the inconsistent form, the team are traditionally poor on the road. Last season, they could only manage 4 wins from their 19. This term, they are win-less in three with a draw and 2 defeats.
Manchester City vs Stoke City: Head-to-head
The Citizens won 14 and drew 8 of the last 25 meetings with Stoke, losing just thrice.
The corresponding fixture of last season at the Etihad is a goal-less stalemate.
This stretched City’s unbeaten at home over Stoke to 12 games with 9 wins and 3 draws.
Manchester City vs Stoke City: Prediction
To put it in simple words, Man City are unstoppable at the moment. They had found the fluidity in attack, while their defense which was the weakest area last season is more than secure. Under current circumstances, we can only expect the sky blues to run rout at Etihad on Saturday evening.