Stoke City vs Manchester C. by Rahul
Man City have been able to find the net on a lot of occasions especially since they boast a dearth of attacking talent including Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic. However, no body found the back of the net on the weekend, with James Milner striking a late dramatic free kick to save Man City's blushes against a poor Hull City team. The creative talent or driver of the midfield has been David Silva primarily, while Navas and Nasri have provided occasional support, chances created a few and far between. Man City knows that if they want to win tonight, they will need to score early today and put the pressure on Stoke City; however if Stoke scores first, they will continue to chase this game and potentially struggle.
The last time these 2 sides met Stoke had stolen a 1-0 victory at the Etihad and will want to push on for another victory especially after the poor performance against Hull City. Stoke managed to draw late in their lats game against Newcastle and that has resulted in 4 game unbeaten streak for the Potters. Crouch, Walters & Diouf have been the ones that Stoke has relied on especially due to injuries on Shawcross, Odemwingie and Bojan. Defensively, Stoke have been conceding in 55% of their games, and with a strong Man City team coming to play tonight, Stoke will be relying on an early goal to put pressure on City to secure a victory.
Man City have been poor defensively that has resulted in 67% of their away games having both teams scoring, in fact conceded in 9 straight games now; so expect Both teams to score as the likely pick of this game.
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|Both Teams to Score||Bet365||1.83||7||1-4 WON (+5.81 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.