Manchester City’s 4-1 thrashing of Hull during the week was their second win in five matches in all competitions, a result on which the Citizens will be looking to build against Stoke in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Fortunately for Manuel Pellegrini, facing off against former City manager Mark Hughes, attacking trio David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are expected to be passed fit to play together for just the third match this season. The last time all three started, the Citizens put six goals past Newcastle.
Stoke, however, are a notoriously tough nut to crack in front of their own fans and last season’s 4-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium was their first ever home reverse to City in their seven and a half years in the Premier League.
A victory for the Potters could lift them as high as seventh in the table, an impressive achievement given that they have scored the fewest number of goals in England’s top flight (11) so far this season.