Last Updated: 2017-10-13
Match-up : Manchester City vs Stoke city
Date : 14/10/2017
Time : 10:00 EDT (15:00 GMT +1)
Spread : Stoke City +2.5
Total : 3.5 Goals
Manchester City did an excellent job against Chelsea before the international break, and remained at the top of the Premier League. They are now up against a much easier task, when they will play host to Stoke City on Saturday, October 14th. Stoke City returned to winning ways in their last match, as they overcame Southampton by 2-1 at home.
MANCHESTER CITY PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS :
Manchester City (6-1-0) played a very solid and dominant match against Chelsea on the road just before the international break. They were excellent on both ends of the pitch, and scored the winning goal at the 67th minute, for the final 0-1.
They are now sitting at the top of the Premier League with 19 points after 7 matches, featuring the best offense in the league with 22 goals, and the best defense with just 2 conceded.
Besides the 1-1 draw against Everton, Manchester City have been stunning in their other two home matches so far in the season, as they blasted Liverpool and Crystal Palace by 5 goals each, while keeping clean sheets too.
They will be coming here with a couple of pretty serious absences, as F Sergio Aguero, D Vincent Kompany and D Bruno Mendy have been ruled out due to injuries.
STOKE CITY PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS :
Stoke City (2-2-3) are coming into this match after a really hard-fought 2-1 win at home against Southampton before the international break. They were quite strong in the first half of that match, but had to score at the 85th minute on order to grab all 3 points.
They needed that win, as prior to that they had been win-less in 5 matches in all competitions (0-2-3).
Stoke City are now sitting at the 13th spot of the Premier League with 8 points, having scored 7 goals against 11 conceded.
They have yet to win a match on the road (0-1-2), where they were actually pretty competitive in the losses to Everton (1-0) and Newcastle (2-1), and even in the 1-1 draw against West Brom.
They will be coming here with a few injury concerns, as Martins Indi, Ireland and Shawcross have all been ruled out.
Manchester City destroyed Stoke City by 1-4 on the road last season, but the two teams were stuck at a goal-less draw in this venue.
It is Manchester City who have the upper hand in this match-up overall (13-8-3), and have been even stronger as hosts against Stoke City (9-2-1).
They have kept clean sheets in 9 of the 12 matches in Manchester against Stoke City, while 6 of those matches had Over 2.5 Goals.
Stoke City have been quite competitive overall, and on the road so far, but they are up against a massive task here. Manchester City have been excellent in the start of the season, but keep in mind that they will be playing host to Napoli on Tuesday for the Champions League. Look for Manchester City to grab a solid here, as they will ramp up their efforts for their mid-week match.
MATCH PREDICTION : Manchester City -2.25 @ 1.77