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P.J. Murray 23rd Mar 2012 - 21:51

Will the title race be Stoked at the Britannia

From now until the end of the season, every game is a must win for Man City. Especially when you consider their run-in.

Stoke at the Britannia are a formidable force, despite QPR humbling them there, City will be punished for any semblance of complacency.

The Blues battled back against Chelsea to effectively keep their title challenge alive, but it will have been for nothing if they cannot build on it.

Stoke are just outside the top ten in the league, a win for Tony Pulis' men could put them back in the top half, although any hope of European competition is no longer viable from a league position anyway.

Salif Diao and Ricardo Fuller are missing for the clash while Jonathan Woodgate could come into contention for a squad place. The return of Matthew Etherington could be a big boost to the Potters.

City are hoping to have captain Vincent Kompany back in the team, his loss, more than most, is always felt among the title chasers.

Man City (4/6) have won the last three games against Stoke in all competitons without conceding a goal, however, this flies in the face of the fact that Stoke (5/1) have yet to lose at home to any of the current top five.

The last goal Carlos Tevez scored for Manchester City was netted versus Stoke City; he netted two in the 3-0 win over the Potters at the Etihad Stadium last May, the wayward Argentinean did assist in Nasri's winning goal against Chelsea, will he complete his comeback with a goal? 5/1 says that he will score first while 5/4 says that he will get on the scoresheet anytime.

Stoke had a major say in the race for fourth when they almost denied Spurs a single point at the weekend, a Van der Vaart 90th minute goal denied them the win.

Peter Crouch is the leading scorer for Stoke with 11 goals so far, and the lanky striker is 9/1 to open the scoring and 10/3 anytime.

Personally, I fell the let off against Chelsea will really galvanise the City squad and Stoke could be on the wrong end of a big score, 3-0 to Man City is 11/1.

But I think the Potters resolve will hold out for the first hald and I'd be wagering on a double result of Draw/Man City at 17/5. City are 6/4 to win to nil, something which is better value than merely backing them at 4/6 to win the game.




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