Manchester City v Stoke City Preview

April 23, 2016 | By

BetVictor Free BetsPremiership action Saturday lunch time comes from the Etihad Stadium and features Manchester City versus Stoke City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Manchester City v Stoke City Preview, Premiership, Saturday 23rd April 2016

Manchester City head into this game having dropped an important two points last time out away against Newcastle United and with Arsenal having won their match on Thursday night 2-0 at home against West Brom, City now find themselves once again playing catchup in the race for that 3rd place finish that brings with it group stage champions league football next season.

Stoke City head into this game having suffered a 4-0 defeat at home against Tottenham Hotspur last time out, but with the club safe from relegation and having no real chance to qualify for any European tournaments next season, their season is pretty much over and I do find it difficult to see them putting up too much resistance in this one.

Manchester City Team News:

Full-backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are also available again after back problems, meaning City virtually have a fully-fit squad as Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid draws closer.

Midfielder Samir Nasri – who is not registered to play in Europe – is the only notable absentee with a muscle problem.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri will sit out Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium due to a hamstring injury.

Shaqiri sustained the injury during Monday’s 4-0 home loss to Tottenham and had to be substituted at half-time.

Veteran goalkeeper Shay Given came into the team for that game and is set to keep his place this weekend, while defender Erik Pieters will miss out again as he completes a two-match suspension.

Manchester City v Stoke City Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday’s lunch time fixture from the Etihad Stadium will become the 88th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Manchester City have managed to secure 35 victories overall with 24 of these having come with home advantage, where as Stoke City have managed 29 victories overall with just 7 of those having came away at the Etihad Stadium.

Our head to head statistics table below shows the last five matches played between the two clubs and as we can see both clubs have won 2 games each with the remaining game having finished all square, so no real clear advantage for either club for this one on the recent head to head statistics.

05/12/15 PRL Stoke City – Manchester City 2 : 0
11/02/15 PRL Stoke City – Manchester City
1 : 4
30/08/14 PRL Manchester City – Stoke City 0 : 1
22/02/14 PRL Manchester City – Stoke City 1 : 0
14/09/13 PRL Stoke City – Manchester City 0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

212 Goals have been scored in the previous 87 matches played between the two clubs over the years, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.44.

103 of those Goals have been scored in the previous 43 matches played between the two clubs at the Etihad Stadium which generates us an average goals per game statistic of 2.40.

Both sets of statistics seem to suggest that this game should see at least a few Goals scored on Saturday afternoon and betting markets such as Both Teams to Score, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Over 2.5 Goals all look good betting options for this match.

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Manchester City v Stoke City Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Manchester City: D W W W D

Stoke City: L W D L L

Manchester City have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed three wins and two draws from their last five matches played, compared to Stoke City who have won one, drawn one and lost three of their previous five matches played.

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Manchester City v Stoke City Match Betting Odds Market

Manchester City are the clear odds favourites to win this game on Saturday lunch time at a current best price of 3/10 with BetVictor – Receive £50 Free Bets when Registering a New Account and this should not really come as much of a shock as Stoke City’s season is over and the players really have nothing to play for.

The Draw has happened once in the previous five meetings played and is a current best price of 5/1 with SkyBet – Bet £10 & Receive £40 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account.

Stoke City players are probably more concerned of where to book their summer holidays to after the season comes to a close in a few weeks and this is reflected by their current best price of 11/1 with Totesports – Bet £10 & Receive £20 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

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Manchester City v Stoke City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Manchester City will not want to have to play in the early champions league qualification matches and that means they will need to win all of their remaining games and hope that Arsenal slip up in theirs, so I fully expect the hosts to bounce back to winning ways in this match after a disappointing 1-1 draw last time out against struggling Newcastle United.

Stoke City pretty much showed no resistance in their latest match at home against Spurs which ended in a 4-0 win to their visitors and I don’t expect the players to be in the slightest bit interested in what happens in this game either so we could see a similar result from this game on Saturday afternoon.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this match is going to be for Sergio Aguero to Score & Manchester City to Win as a victory for the hosts is of the upmost importance if they are to avoid having to play in the early champions league qualification rounds.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be the midfield maestro which is Kevin de Bruyne as I really have enjoyed watching his performances this season and with him having scored plenty of goals this season, he looks worth a go at what are very generous odds to open up the scoring for his side.

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