Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 14 October 2017
Referee: Craig Pawson
Kick off: 15:00
UK TV: Not on TV
Following a dreary international break for English fans, the Blues join up as they prepare for the visit of Stoke City to the Etihad.
Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané enjoyed productive stints with their national side and hopefully will replicate their form for the Blues as they seek to maintain their scintillating form
Mark Hughes will be without both Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross who figure as Stoke’s most prominent central defenders. Joe Allen is a doubt with a head injury and former Blue Stephen Ireland will be absent through a leg break.
Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are all going to be absent for the visit of ‘The Potters’, whilst Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph remain doubts for Saturday’s meeting.
Stoke City: WLDDL
Stoke City haven’t been at their best, most notably their 0-4 destruction at the hand of Chelsea, however their 2-2 draw against Manchester United should give them hope in their encounter against City.
Manchester City: WWWWW
The Blues enjoyed an incredible September, turning over the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool 0-1 and 5-0 respectively which has cemented them as serious contenders for this season’s title.
Sadly the game will not be televised in the UK according to Premier League ruling nor will there be any radio coverage so you’ll have to resort to internet streams or BBC Match of the Day for your fix.
4-0 Manchester City (G.Jesus x2, De Bruyne, Sané)
Stoke will initially resist the onslaught by the Blues, however City’s eventual quality will prove the deciding factor in this tie and it should only take the one goal for Stoke to submit.
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo
D.Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sané
Butland, Johnson, Zouma, Wimmer, Pieters
Shaqiri, Afellay, Diouf