Our tipster is backing Pep Guardiola’s side to win to nil – again – when they host Mark Hughes’ men in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
Manchester City are aiming to maintain their magnificent start to the season when they play host to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s team have won each of their last eight matches in all competitions and have enjoyed some big victories thus far this term, winning by four, five and six goal margins respectively in recent weeks; City also exhibited their ability to grind out a win with a superb 1-0 defeat of Premier League champions, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge before the international break.
Citizens striker Sergio Aguero is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering injury in a car crash last month and, so, Brazil star Gabriel Jesus is likely to lead the line for Guardiola’s team against the Potters; the 20-year-old star, however, will not carry the burden of scoring goals alone, for the men from Manchester can call upon the services of a stellar supporting cast.
Kevin De Bruyne, whose goal beat the Blues last time out, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling are in all contention to start against Stoke and, with so much star quality in the final third, it is little wonder that City are as short as 1/6 (1.17) to maintain their winning run against the Potters.
Mark Hughes’ men are the only team to have picked up a point against City’s rivals, Manchester United, so far this season and the 53-year-old Welshman would dearly love to inflict a first defeat of the season on his former employers.
Both of those results, however, came on home soil and Stoke have been less sure-footed on their travels; indeed, the Potters enjoyed just four away wins in the top tier last term and bet365 go 14/1 (15.0) that Stoke secure their first away win of the current campaign here, while the same firm go 6/1 (7.0) that the match ends all square.
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