Stoke City vs. Manchester City: Complete Preview, Team News and Projected Lineup
Stoke City and Manchester City renew their Premier League runs this weekend when they meet on Saturday at Britannia Stadium.
The last time these two met, the game ended in a 1-1 tie with Manchester City's Yaya Toure canceling out a Peter Crouch strike. That game was also at Britannia Stadium.
Both teams will be hoping the international break did little harm to the form or health of their players heading into this game.
Let's take a look at the team news and projected lineups for this game.
Tony Pulis made a few additions to the club on deadline day and beyond, as he signed Michael Owen on a free transfer to help boost the attack (via BBC).
He also brought in three midfielders—Maurice Edu, Charlie Adam, Steven N'Zonzi—and it will be interesting to see what part, if any, these newcomers play against the reigning champions (via BBC).
There isn't much news for Stoke on the injury front, as all the key players and newcomers should be fit for this encounter, and it is possible that Matthew Etherington will be available (per PhysioRoom.com).
Projected Lineup (4-4-1-1): Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Wilson, Whitehead, Whelan, Adam, Kightly, Walters, Crouch
Manchester City also wrapped up some deadline day deals, with Javi Garcia, Maicon, Matija Nastasic and Scott Sinclair all joining the club (via BBC).
Things aren't all rosy for the club, however, as there are a number of injured players who could miss out on this game. PhysioRoom.com reports that Pablo Zabaleta, Jack Rodwell, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Gareth Barry and Micah Richards will all be unavailable.
City will have to keep in mind that there is a tough trip to Spain awaiting it in mid-week, with Spanish giants Real Madrid the opponents. That upcoming fixture will have some effect on how Roberto Mancini picks his squad for this weekend.
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure, Garcia, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Tevez
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