Manchester City’s run of two defeats in a row to Liverpool and Juventus was halted by two convincing wins in a row against Southampton in the Premier League and Hull City in the League Cup.
But Victory has come at a cost for the Citizens as they lost Sergio Aguero to injury once again in the Southampton game. Although the Argentine talisman is unfit for the trip to Stoke today, he should be back for the crucial Christmas period.
Manchester City are without Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and captain Vincent Kompany, but David Silva does start, giving Manuel Pellegrini at least some glimmer of light in a team depleted by injuries and suspensions.
Stoke, on the other hand, are a team fresh from qualifying for their first League Cup semi-final in 43 years. They will be missing Peter Crouch, but have Ryan Shawcross back from suspension to take his place in the heart of the defence.
The Potters are a team on the up, quietly building their season and playing nice football. They find themselves only four points off a European place at this stage, but the visit of Manchester City will be a tough ask.
A stormy day at the Britannia is always intimidating. We’re about to find out which of these men can do it on a windy December afternoon in Stoke….
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 5, 2015
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 5, 2015