Manchester City lost the last game played at home, but with many extenuating circumstances. This was the second leg of the Champions League final round played with several second lines, because in the first leg he had demonstrated his superiority over Basel winning away with a score of four to zero. But Guardiola is a perfectionist and did not like it, which is why he will ask his immediate response. Also because in the Premier League the Manchester City has won only once in the last four trips, and also adding the elimination from the Fa Cup, always away from home, against Wigan, the empty passages start to be too many by the standards to which he used this team.

The advantage in this match will be to be able to dispose of the players left to rest in the Champions League, with the aim of bringing the points of advantage over Manchester United second in the standings to sixteen. The main training doubts concern Aguero and Sterling, data in not perfect physical conditions. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus are ready to replace them. In midfield there will not be Fernandinho, very important player for the balance of this team. In its place will play Gundogan, much more able to set and offensive, but less skilled interdiction.

Because of this absence and the non-exceptional defense of Manchester City in the last away matches, Stoke City can aim to score a goal but it will be very difficult to score against a much stronger team in all departments. The Stoke is in full struggle not to recede, a situation that is not used after years in which it is always placed in the middle of the standings. Despite losing only one of the last six games, he won on one occasion. The seven goals conceded in the first leg against Manchester City do not seem to give hope.
The likely formations of Stoke City-Manchester City

STOKE CITY (4-2-3-1): Butland, Bauer, Martins Indi, Zouma, Stafylidis, Ndiaye, Cameron, Choupo-Moting, Allen, Shaqiri, Crouch.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sanè, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva.

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