Stoke v Manchester City 17:30 Sat
Following on from their midweek win over Chelsea, Manchester City will hope to remain within touching distance of league leaders Manchester United this weekend when they make their trip to the Brittania Stadium as odds on favourites with Paddy Power to take all the points back to the Etihad.
The Citizens dropped off top spot two weeks ago after their defeat at the hands of Swansea City but are still a powerful force and will be ready to take full advantage of any slip-ups United may make.
However, standing in their way is a formidable Stoke City who, while failing to maintain any consistent string of good results, have again proven themselves to be strong on their given day.
The most recent example of this attribute came during midweek when Spurs had to rely upon a last gasp equaliser from Rafael van der Vaart in order to salvage a point against the Potters.
Tony Pulis’ side could understandably feel begrudged at failing to come away from White Hart Lane with all three points in the bag but showed strong positives that Stoke fans haven’t seen as often as they’d like this season.
The Stoke home defence hasn’t been quite the stalwart it was last campaign but nevertheless, the Potters have conceded just a goal per game when playing at the Brittania this term.
Roberto Mancini’s team could be just the side to increase that statistic however as the Citizens hold the second strongest away attack in the English top flight, scoring 1.93 goals per game on average when playing on unfamiliar soil.
The main talking point, however, is whether Roberto Maninci will start with Carlos Tevez, who made a fine contribution after coming off the bench against Chelsea, and with Vincent Kompany coming back to full fitness City are starting to look like the team which steamrolled teams at the start of the season.