PREVIEW: Stoke City vs City

Saturday 14 September 2013 | Britannia Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Tickets: Tickets in the City end have sold out. Tickets are available for Stoke fans priced at £40. Call the Box Office: 01782 367 599 for more information.

Last Season: Stoke 1-1 City

Match Officials: Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Assistants: S Beck, S Child. Fourth Official: A Taylor.

Team News:

STOKE – Mark Hughes has a fully fit squad ahead of the match with his former club. Hughes had a disastrous 18 month spell in charge of City before being sacked in December 2009.

Stoke City (from): Begovic, Butland, Sorensen, Cameron, Huth, Muniesa, Pieters, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Edu, Etherington, Ireland, Ness, N’Zonzi, Palacios, Pennant, Shea, Whelan, Arnautovic, Crouch, Jones, Walters.

CITY – City are missing Vincent Kompany (groin) and David Silva (thigh) but both a nearing full fitness and should play in next week’s derby. Micah Richards is still out with a hamstring problem, and Martin Demichelis will be out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Lescott, Nastasic, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo, Nimely.

Stats:

Alvaro Negredo has scored 17 goals in his last 16 league games, including seven in his previous five.

City substitutes have scored in the first 3 games this season. This has only happened once before in PL history.

Stoke have never lost a Premier League game at home to Manchester City (W1, D4), although the visitors did win 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in an FA Cup fourth round tie in January.

Mark Hughes has already picked up more points in three league games as Stoke boss (six) than he did during his 12 matches as QPR manager last season (four).

Stats courtesy of BBC Football & Stat City

Press Conference:

Manuel Pellegrini faced the press at Carrington this afternoon and gave some good news regarding Vincent Kompany’s injury. The defender was expected to be out for some time but the City boss expects him to be fully fit in the next few days.

We will see about Silva next week. We will try for the derby—if he’s 100 per cent he can play in that game.

Vincent Kompany is OK, but it’s too much of a risk for him to play [against Stoke]. Two or three more days he will be 100 per cent.

I think it is a big test for all the big clubs who are playing the Champions League or the Europa League. We have seven games in 21 days before the international break in October. That is why we have the squad with 22 players because we have an important amount of games. We will try to do our best performance in each.

I think for me and the team and the club the pressure must always be the highest pressure to have good performances in every tournament we play, Premier League, Champions League, Capital One (League Cup), for me is always the same. The pressure is positive.

Typical City’s Build-up:

See our Preview in Quotes for a round-up of all the talk coming out of the City and Stoke squads ahead of the match.

Fixtures:

Saturday (3pm kick off unless otherwise stated)

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (12:45)

Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Fulham vs West Brom

Hull vs Cardiff

Stoke vs Manchester City

Sunderland vs Arsenal

Tottenham vs Norwich

Everton vs Chelsea (17:30)

Sunday

Southampton vs West Ham (16:00)

Swansea vs Liverpool (20:00)

Compiled by Rob Pollard

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