Stoke City v Manchester City - Preview and possible lineups

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Pin Aguero will miss the clash due to a knee problem. AFP
Aguero will miss the clash due to a knee problem. AFP

Stoke City v Manchester City - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 7,219

We take a look ahead to Monday night's Premier League clash between Stoke City and Manchester City at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City: The hosts will be without forward Mame Diouf after he injured a shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Southampton last time out. Kevin Wimmer and Sadio Berhaino could return to the squad, providing they have proved their fitness after being places on special programmes to improve their fitness. Golkeeper Lee Grant (wrist) and midfielder Stephen Ireland (calf) remain sidelined.

Man City: Sergio Aguero will miss the game after being ruled out for two weeks due to a knee niggle. David Silva returns to contention after missing the Champions League loss to Basel for personal reasons. Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are both thought to be close to returning following hamstring injuries and will be assessed ahead of this one. Fabian Delph is available after suspension, but is a doubt with a knock.

Stoke boss Paul Lambert:

"On any given day you can win a game of football. In a one-off game you can win, and that is the beauty of football. We'll do everything we can to try to win.

"If we try to play football the same way they do then we will be beat - that is the reality. We have to have an idea of another way to try to beat them."

Man City boss Pep Guardiola:

"It's almost done. But we are not the champions. The champions are still Chelsea. We have to get the points as soon as possible, knowing that we have the opportunity.

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation and what will happen, everyone is thinking about when we will win the title.

"But the best example was [on Wednesday]. Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel. We need to be relaxed, stay calm and think about Stoke City."

Did you know?

Manchester City may have won two of their last three visits to the Potteries, but they are their only two victories in nine Premier League games away to Stoke.


Possible lineups:

Stoke City: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis; Cameron, Allen, Ndiaye; Shaqiri, Crouch, Choupo-Moting.

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo; Gundogan, D.Silva, De Bruyne; B.Silva, Jesus, Sane.

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