Monday evening sees another thrilling weekend of Premier League football come to an end in the Potteries where Stoke City welcome Manchester City.
The Potters have struggled to say the least, but have turned things slightly around with just one defeat in six games, although there has only been one win in that run.
Eyebrows were raised when Paul Lambert was appointed but he seems to have organised his troops, with them conceding twice just once under the Scot.
Sitting one point adrift of safety, they need to start turning draws into wins but 12/1 for the home victory indicates the size of their task on Monday.
Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch may both be fit to start and their presence could prove vital, especially if Lambert feels that physicality is the key to edging the Citizens.
They have drawn their last three outings and that outcome is 11/2 but City will want more from their trip down the M6.
Pep Guardiola‘s side have won 24 of their last 27 in the league and have a particularly good record against Stoke, winning 19 of the last 21 games between the two sides.
That run includes last season’s 4-1 win, as well as October’s 7-2 victory at the Etihad, but they have only won one of their past four away games in the league and will be smarting following their shock midweek Champions League defeat to Basel.
An away win on Monday is predictably short at 4/17 but City will want to lay down a marker, especially as taking care of business at home can help them focus on Europe.
Fernandinho is again expected to miss out with a hamstring injury, an issue that could leave the City defence vulnerable.
Raheem Sterling’s injury has allowed Bernardo Silva a run in the side and he is 2/1 to score at any time and it looks set to be an enjoyable night for the visitors.
The away win to zero is 10/11 and it would be a surprise if the Stoke attack causes them too many issues.
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