The latest Stoke v Man City odds as Paddy Power report plenty of support for Manchester City this weekend, with punters betting on the away win as the Citizens arrive at the Britannia Stadium.
Fifth in the table Stoke City will look to continue their upward momentum when they welcome Manchester City to the Britannia on Saturday.
Mark Hughes’ new look side have put the disappointment of an opening day defeat to Liverpool to register back to back wins against Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
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Hughes, a former City manager, is expected to include Stephen Ireland in his match day and the 27 year old, a loan signing from Aston Villa, will be out to show one his former employers that he can still be a threat.
Ireland will be hoping to impress this season after being frozen out at both City and Villa and admitted that he would love to make his stay permanent if the opportunity arose, telling Sky Sports “I would [consider staying at Stoke permanently], as my first impressions of the club have been fantastic. Everybody has been so welcoming and there seems to be a great buzz about the place.
“I just can’t wait to be a part of it and start playing again on a regular basis.”
Ireland might have to wait for his chance however with Hughes afforded the opportunity of a fully fit squad to choose from.
Manchester City meanwhile are missing a number of key men for the trip with Vincent Kompany, new signing Martin Demichelis and Micah Richards all out injured meaning that Nemanja Nastastic and Joleon Lescott are set to continue at the back.
David Silva is a doubt after he returned from International Duty with Spain suffering from a thigh problem although there is a strong possibility that the midfielder will be fit to take his place on the bench.
Incredibly City, who lost to Cardiff in their only fixture on the road so far this season, have yet to beat Stoke in their own backyard in the Premier League, drawing four and losing one of their five visits to the Britannia.
Of course, this one has added spice with Mark Hughes once again facing the side which sacked him, and the Welshman has lost three of the last four encounters since he was fired.
Vincent Kompany is obviously a massive blow to the Citizens, and the set piece will once again come under extreme scrutiny from the Potters.
The odds suggest however, that Manchester City should prevail and the extra quality of Alvaro Negredo could make the difference in this one.
The Spanish striker looks to have settled quickly into life in the Premier League and can be backed at evens to score anytime.
A narrow away win should be the call however at 4/6.