Manchester City already have started their new season off just as planned with back to back victories over Newcastle United as well as Liverpool, and the Citizens are looking for more as former manager Mark Hughes travels to the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini has an embarasment of richies in terms of player talent to choose from so you can expect that the Chilean boss has a true plan to take the fame to Stoke.
Only Alvaro Negredo is out for the defending Champions and it is likely that the same side that defeated Liverpool on Monday is whom will take the pitch for the club this afternoon.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes will want as always to get some points of his former club, but he knows it ill be quite an uphill battle.
Stephen Ireland is ruled out through injury while Glenn Whelan, Bojan Krkic and Phil Bardsley are all said to have picked up minor knocks this week.
Robert Huth could be back in the first team for Stoke having full recovered, and Victor Moses could make his first start of the new campaign for the Potters.
Manchester City XI: Hart: Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Nasri, Toure, Fernando, Silva; Jovetic, Dzeko.
Stoke City XI: Begovic: Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Sidwell, N'Zonzi; Odemwingie, Bojan, Moses; Diouf.
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