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Match Preview : Manchester City vs Stoke

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Manchester City are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions and are playing some great football again following their blip in the middle of the campaign.

Stoke got back to winning ways at the weekend but their form away from home has been poor this season. The Potters have lost five of their last six away league matches and have conceded four goals to Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in that run, while Arsenal also scored three.

Another comprehensive scoreline could be on the cards for City here as they look to cement their place in the top four. Predict today’s Matches and win big on

Team News

Manchester City – Kevin de Bruyne will come back into the starting XI for Wednesday’s reception of Stoke after starting their 2-0 win over Sunderland on the bench on Sunday.

Nicolas Otamendi was also given a rest at the weekend and may return to the heart of the defence here, while Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna could continue to rotate at right-back.

It remains to be seen whether David Silva or Yaya Toure will both start two games in the space of three days.

Stoke – Stoke City manager Mark Hughes could be forced into making a change at right-back after Glen Johnson suffered a slight shoulder injury in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.

He could be replaced in the team by Phil Bardsley, while Hughes has also revealed Xherdan Shaqiri is fit again after more than four weeks out injured, although he may feature from the bench.

Jonathan Walters was back on the bench after more than two months out with a knee injury and could become an option here, although Saido Berahino is perhaps the first option should Hughes look to give Peter Crouch a rest.

Match Facts

Man City have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Stoke in all competitions.

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches in Premier League.

Man City have won their last 4 matches in Premier League.

Man City have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Stoke in all competitions.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home Premier League matches.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 4 home games (Premier League).

Stoke have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches in Premier League.

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There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Stoke’s last 6 Premier League games.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Stoke’s last 6 away games (Premier League).

As at this post Manchester City has 1.20 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Stoke has 15.26 odd to win the match also,while the odd to draw the match is 7.38.

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UCL Match Preview : Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Borussia Dortmund were unfortuante to lose the reverse leg 1-0 in Lisbon but should fancy their chances of overturning the tie on home soil on Wednesday.

They warmed up with a thumping 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend and haven’t lost a competitive game at home all season.

Benfica have won each of their last seven competitive matches but four of their five defeats this season have come on the road. Their overall away record against German clubs is W2 D6 L14.

Team News

Borussia Dortmund – Sven Bender and Sebastian Rode haven’t featured in 2017, while Marco Reus will miss the reverse leg with a hamstring injury. Mario Gotze is also sidelined indefinitely.

Raphaël Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer are a booking away from a ban in UEFA competition.