Manchester City take on visitors from Stoke on the Premier League matchday 35. The match will be played at Etihad stadium on Saturday, April 23.
Manchester City have important clash with Real Madrid next Tuesday and Pellegrini might use some of bench players in the match. However, the clash with PSG did stop the manager from selecting the strongest lineup. The Citizens have exceeded all expectations in the Champions League while a place in the BLP’s top-4 isn’t secured yet. The neighbors the United have won midweek clash against Crystal Palace and now only 2 points behind so Manchester City have to stay focused in this match.
|100$-500$ for No Lose Free Bets||Review|
|2 x £10 Free Bet||Review|
|100% Up to £200||Review|
Manchester are lucky to face Stoke City now as the Potters have problems with defense due to absence of few key figures. Their biggest loss in Butland’s injury. The keeper has impressive season and his saves allowed the team to have a place in top half of the table. Butland was out for two matches and Stoke lost both with 4 goal conceded (4-1 to Liverpool and 4-0 to Tottenham). On top of that, two full backs Pieters and Johnson are also unavailable for the match. Manchester City are definitely favorites and they are able to score over 2.5 goals all by themselves.
Manchester City have no troubles with mid-table teams and league lowlies at own turf. Of course, there were defeats to Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester, the United and Liverpool, but all other teams were beaten, except Everton, who were in sloid shape at the moments and drew their match. If City wins at Etihad, the opponents combine over 2.5 goals. The City have over 2.5 goals in 22 from 34 Premier League matches including 14 from 17 at Etihad. The Citizens can’t count on Silva but Aguero and de Bruyne can create 2-3 goals themselves. Stoke City are also able to score. Their offense wasn’t a threat to Tottenham but they scored in 8 previous matches. On the other hand, Manchester City rarely record clean sheet at Etihad this season as WBA, Sunderland, Newcastle, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Norwich, Bournemouth, Southampton, Everton and even Hull City have scored at the Citizens turf despite defeats. Stoke City with such skilled players like Krkic and Arnautovic are able to be a threat to Hart. The hosts have scored 41 goal in 17 home matches while Stoke allowed 25 in 17 road matches. So we have reasons to expect a victory of the City with over 2.5 goals in the match.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with over 2.5 goals in the match.