It’s matchday and perhaps Pep Guardiola’s biggest test so far as Manchester City manager. His City team visit the bet365 Stadium, where last year they were beaten easily by Stoke in a flattering 2-0 scoreline. A year later, they will be hoping for much better and the mid-week performance against Steaua offerered encouragement for an exciting season ahead.
City make just one change today, with Navas replacing Nolito, meaning Raheem Sterling is likely to switch flanks. Youngster, Pablo Maffeo, makes the bench with Sagna suffering from a minor injury. For Stoke, 40-year-old Shay Given, once of City, starts in the absence of Jack Butland. City’s tormenter from last season, Shaqiri, has failed a late fitness test.
Stoke XI: Given, Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Wollscheid, Pieters, Imbula, Whelan, Bojan, Allen, Arnautovic, Diouf
Manchester City XI: Caballero, Zabaleta (c), Kolarov, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero
Today’s match can be viewed on Sky Sports 1 in the UK. A full list of TV coverage from around the world can be found here.
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