Manchester City have been in outstanding form this season as they have sat at the top of the Premier League table for a number of weeks. Pep Guardiola’s side have brushed all before them aside, with Chelsea the last team to feel their wrath, as Antonio Conte’s men were absolutely dominated by their Manchester opponents. Five wins in their last five, unbeaten and 22 goals in eight games has seen them to the top of the table with 19 points, although they are ahead of Manchester United only because they have scored one more goal. Guardiola seems to have finally been able to implement his philosophy on the side following an underwhelming campaign last time around. His signings have also helped to take the team to the next level, with City now looking like a world class outfit.
Stoke City return to Premier League action looking to make a slightly more positive start following the international break. In their last five games, they have managed just one win, along with two draws and two defeats, leaving them in 13th in the table with eight points. Pressure has begun to mount on Mark Hughes following their poor run of form and he will be desperate to inflict a first defeat of the season on his former club. What bodes well for Stoke is the fact that they were the first side to take points off Manchester United in a 2-2 draw, meaning their record against the Manchester clubs is better than most sides going into the showdown. However, City have looked very good this season and it will take something special from Stoke to stop them from recording their seventh win of the season.
Manchester City host Stoke City for their Matchday 8 clash on Saturday afternoon on the back of an eight-match winning streak across competitions, beating reigning Chelsea 0-1 ahead of the International break. They now look to build on the great shape they’ve been in and we do feel we’re in for another convincing display, as we go for Asian Handicap and Man City to win -1.5. Citizens have been handed a blow through the International break with 15 players going out and come into the match with Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, and Sergio Aguero all sidelined. However, we’ve seen a compact side with a rock-solid defensive line, especially at Etihad, which surely has the home fans hopeful hosting the struggling rivals.