Today, City take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. In the corresponding fixture last season, City escaped with a point after Yaya Toure’s long range pile driver cancelled out Peter Crouch’s wonder goal.
In all of the Premier League meetings between City and Stoke the away team have never won, something which Robert Mancini will be keen to change today. His cause will be aided by the arrival of Javi Garcia, Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic on transfer deadline day who are all available for selection.
Sergio Aguero could return after the knee injury picked up against Southampton whereas Mario Balotelli is also available after undergoing eye surgery.
Although Gareth Barry is back in training after an abdominal injury, today may be too soon for a return to the first team. Micah Richards is still unavailable with an ankle injury.
Roberto Mancini’s pre-match press conference can be watched below.