Premier League champions Manchester City will host Stoke City on Saturday, the next hurdle on their path to defending their league crown.
The Potters haven't had the greatest start to the 2014-15 season but will still present the Citizens with a stiff challenge, and their 1-1 draw against Hull should give them confidence they can gain a result at the Etihad.
The hosts come into this fixture with the maximum number of points and fresh off a monumental 3-1 win against Liverpool, and they'll be looking to extend their excellent run of results.
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on NBCSN (for US viewers), with mobile coverage available through NBCSN Live Extra.
The Citizens looked rusty in their season opener against Newcastle United but bounced back with an excellent performance against the Reds, displaying the kind of ruthless efficiency that won them the title last year.
Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero took full advantage of the space created by Liverpool's attacking approach, but such space won't be available against Stoke. The Potters have nothing to lose against City—they'll gladly defend the goal for 90 minutes and settle for a point.
Mark Hughes didn't hide his admiration for Manuel Pellegrini's squad when he spoke to the press, per Goal's James Willoughby:
They have a quite incredible squad of players, and to be honest, it is tough for us to analyse them and have a clear indication of what they may do on the day.
It's impossible to second guess what Mr Pellegrini [City manager Manuel Pellegrini] is going to do because of the options he has available to him.
I watched them on Monday night, and for an hour they were absolutely fantastic.
It will be a very difficult afternoon for us for sure. I am looking forward to going back there, though.
Victor Moses made his debut for the Potters during their 3-0 League Cup win over Portsmouth, and per the BBC's Matt Sandoz, Hughes believes the Nigerian international could make his Premier League debut for the club against City:
On loan from Chelsea, Moses would love nothing more than to help his parent club in the race for the title by stealing some points away from the Citizens.
City are expected to shuffle their squad a bit as more World Cup stars return to form, and Aguero in particular looks like a prime candidate to get his first start of the season after scoring off the bench in back-to-back outings.
Jovetic is in the form of his life and appears untouchable as a member of the starting XI, but for the sake of Aguero's fitness, some consistent minutes are needed. Edin Dzeko picked up a knock against the Reds, so he could be rested against the Potters.
The hosts' defenders should be looking forward to a quiet afternoon if history is any indication—Stoke have never scored at the Etihad Stadium and have lost their last six matches there, as reported by the Stoke Sentinel's Lou Macari.
That doesn't mean City should take things slow: This early in the season, a lack of form and consistency playing together often results in freak results, and the Potters have the players to pull up a wall in midfield and defend the goal expertly.
But their showings against Aston Villa and 10-men Hull displayed a clear lack of individual quality in the squad, and if the hosts pick up where they left things against Liverpool, it should be another easy win for City.