Stoke City vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Stoke City vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Manchester City will travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke City.

City sit third in the table after three weeks, having beaten Newcastle and Hull City, losing to Cardiff City in between those wins. Stoke is on six points as well, beating Crystal Palace and West Ham after losing their opening match to Liverpool.

It should be an interesting match, as Manchester City have underwhelmed so far this Premier League campaign, while Stoke City have looked a much more entertaining side from years past, while not conceding much in the defending department.

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There's a good chance you could see the Citizens dropping more early points.

Here's a preview for this EPL clash.

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. ET; 3 p.m. BST

Where: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Watch

TV: Premier League Extra Time (U.S.)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.)

Odds (courtesy of Bloomberg Sports)

Home Win: 23.9

Away Win: 49.5

Draw: 26.6

*Odds as of Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:40 p.m. ET

 

Top Storyline: Will Manchester City Struggle Again?

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Manchester City made some big changes during the summer, with Manuel Pellegrini replacing Roberto Mancini and the additions of Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas. City look like they haven't fully completed that bedding-in process yet.

They lost to Cardiff City and followed that up with a lackluster 2-0 win over Hull City. If Hull were tougher opposition, Manchester City could have been looking at a second successive defeat.

City have the talent to contend for a Premier League title, but they cannot afford to drop points, even at this early stage in the season. Sometimes it's matches like these that can determine the title winner.

 

Prediction

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With Stoke's continued strength at the back and City's inability to make the most of their attacking chances, this could turn into a very dull affair. Mark Hughes has brought a little more adventure to the Potters, but against a strong side, he'll likely revert a little more to the Tony Pulis style.

City's talent will win out in the end. With the international break, Pellegrini will have had a little more time to address some of his club's biggest issues. The Citizens won't be entirely convincing, but they'll be better than they have in their last two matches.

Edin Dzeko will score the only goal of the game after City revert to a more direct style. The forward will use his size to break down a physical Stoke back four.

Manchester City 1, Stoke City 0

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