Stoke seek to slow Citizens’ charge


Visiting Stoke City are the latest team tasked with the job of trying to stop the juggernaut that is Manchester City from rolling on.

The Citizens have won nine out of 10 in all competitions so far this season, with their recent form showing 25 goals scored and just one conceded in their last seven outings.

Those stats surely hint at a tough day for the Potters, who are without defensive duo Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi as well as midfield general Joe Allen.

Odds of 8/1 to even get a draw show the size of the task for Stoke, who ended a run of four league games without a win with a 2-1 victory at Southampton last time out.

A glimmer of hope for the visitors comes with the absence of Sergio Aguero, but the hosts still have a wealth of attacking options and are worth a look at 27/20 to score over 3.5 goals in the game.

Four goals in total in the game at 29/10 is also one to consider while Kevin De Bruyne at 11/10 to score at anytime is another market to ponder.

The signals so far all point to a comfortable win for the Citizens on Saturday afternoon, but Stoke arrive in the knowledge that they have only lost on one of their last three league visits to the Etihad Stadium.

Last season they secured a goalless draw, with Shawcross and Martins Indi key in their defensive efforts.

Without that pair, 14/1 for a goalless draw is one for only the hardiest of Potters fans, but if you want to follow the theme that the game might be a little closer than many think then the hosts to win by one goal at 7/2 could be more of an option.

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