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Stoke City vs. Man City

Britannia Stadium

31st January 2009

12.45pm

On Sky

Stoke vs Man C preview

Another lunchtime kick-off to suit the armchair fans sees Manchester City roll into town. The so-called 'richest club in the world' have found it difficult to splash the cash with the news that Kaka will not be giving us the pleasure of his company at the Brit. But the blue half of Manchester will still bring his Brazilian team mate, Robinho.

Vital Quotes:

Tony Pulis will certainly be pleased that he's finally got his first home match for three weeks after two difficult away ties and a week's warm weather training in Dubai. He's certainly more confident of a better performance from the team when we're at home: 'We're a match for anyone at our place'.

'If we play to our strengths, make sure we get on the front foot and we're competitive, which we weren't against Tottenham, then we can match them.'

Stoke City Team News:

Early worries that Andy Wilkinson had broken his foot earlier this week have proved unfounded, but he may find his slot taken by Andy Griffin. Danny Higginbotham is out after nursing an injury for the past week or so. Abdoulaye Faye should be fit again after being sick during the Spurs clash on Tuesday. James Beattie will make his home debut and will hopefully find himself starting alongside Ricardo Fuller for the first time if he is given a start after playing 45 minutes on Tuesday. Liam Lawrence is another who is desperate to return after he has had to sit on the bench since returning from injury.

Player to watch: James Beattie

Beattie playing alongside Fuller will provide an interesting test of how the remainder of the season could go. If these two gel quickly then times will get a whole lot better for Potters fans.

Man City Team News:

Manchester City are banking on Shaun Wright-Phillips and Pablo Zabaleta shrugging off minor knocks but are without suspended skipper Richard Dunne who starts a four match ban. City's consolation signing, Craig Bellamy, will play his second game since joining from West Ham 10 days ago.

Player to watch: Robinho

The Brazilian scored a hat trick against the Potters at Eastlands earlier this season and is one person the Potters' defence will be keeping a close eye on

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

Next Fixtures:

Just two matches next month:
Saturday 7th Feb: Sunderland (away) kick-off 3pm
Saturday 21st Feb: Portsmouth (home) kick-off: 3pm




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 6:26PM

Your Comments

Be very careful of "City's consolation signing" ... you have been warned.
jackblue
This game should be a walk in the park for Manchester City.
Tudor
You're right it was a walk in the park for Man C - it's just that they were in a different park! The Potters showed the money boys what real team spirit means.
BoothenP
Well, congratulations on picking up the three points today. You worked hard and were well organised, while some of our players looked like they were half asleep. Don't think many fans (Stoke or City) would have predicted that scoreline. No disrespect, but I don't envy you having to watch your team play like that every week though. That type of non-football makes Bolton look like Brazil! Good luck for the rest of the season.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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