Event Date: January 01, 2012 16:00 CET
Check Event Stats
Stoke City’s last two league matches have resulted in surprisingly high-scoring scorelines, which is quite strange when it comes to matters related to this particular club. The Potters defeated Liverpool 3-1 on Boxing Day at Britannia and then were involved in a 3-3 draw with the lowly Southampton side on Saturday.
It seems that coach Tony Pulis has finally gotten fed up of the anti-football jibes and has told his players to commit to going forward a bit more often. While this strategy has produced mixed results for them in their last two outings, it will most certainly fail against Man City when the two teams clash on January 1 at Etihad Stadium.
The Stoke of old might have had a chance to nick a draw but this new adventurous side – that wants to impress on the offensive end and is a bit leaky at the back – are likely to get murdered by the Premiership champions.
In addition to long-term absentees Jack Rodwell and Micah Richards, City could also be missing Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov. Meanwhile, Stoke City’s injury list contains names of Geoff Cameron, Rory Delap and Marc Wilson.
Pinnacle Sports‘ Asian Handicap offer of Manchester City -1.5 goals at odds of 1.85 is the only logical play here for smart punters.