Sitting joint-top of the Premier League standings with Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s City are determined to extend their winning run against Stoke City.
The Citizens have been installed as firm favourites to beat the Potters and bookmakers do not provide great value in betting on hosts in this match. Eight victories on the trot in all competition would understandably do that and we are forced to look elsewhere to find betting value in this match.
Fortunately, with such a well-organised attacking unit such as Manchester City there is value everywhere you look and you just need to make the right pick.
Given the fact that Citizens have only conceded two goals in their last eight matches, the 5/6 offer at Paddy Power and Betfair sounds like a fair deal.
The spirits are extremely high at the Etihad and the right balance has been established. We honestly doubt that – tough as they are – Stoke City will be able to ruin the Citizens’ run knowing they’ve been rather erratic in form recently.
The Potters managed to bounce back from successive defeats to Newcastle and Chelsea with a 2-1 win over Southampton but Mark Hughes faces a daunting task of getting his team out of the Etihad unbeaten.