Manchester City vs Stoke – my pick from FA Cup fixtures of 13th february

Manchester City – Stoke City 1-1

cityVS stoke

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 – 17:15 GMT

Manchester City

  • Roberto Mancini can be expected to field a strong side as City have a real chance of winning this competition, especially now that three of the TOP4 are out;
  • The Citizens won five straight home games under the new boss without too much effort and one of those was the 2:0 convincing win over Stoke;
  • Midweek win over Bolton left them well placed for Champions League spot and there were encouraging displays from Adam Johnson and Patrick Vieira;
  • Joleon Lescott could make his first start since he got injury in place of Kolo Toure;
  • Craig Bellamy could return to the starting line-up, while Nedum Onuoha, Martin Petrov and Shaun Wright-Phillips are also pushing for starting place;
  • If City can win this fixture they will be my favorites to go to the end and a similar result to their Premier League clash in December seems likely to me.

Stoke City

  • Stoke will be inspired by their win over Arsenal in the last round and if they can take this game to a replay they will have a great chance at the Britannia Stadium;
  • They are unbeaten in 2010 in all seven matches and Stoke have a good run in FA cup so far, scoring six goals in latest two games against York and Arsenal;
  • Tony Pulis has no fresh injury worries , but probably he will give a chance to new signing Asmir Begovic and players like Ricardo Fuller, Liam Lawrence,Danny Pugh, James Beattie and Salif Diao;
  • He may well rest his top players in preparation for another Premiership clash with City on Tuesday night at the Britannia Stadium;
  • Considering the attacking potential of City have, the visitors probably will have to defend in numbers if they are to avoid a heavy defeat.

MY PREDICTION CITY TO WIN WITH -1.5 AH with possible result 4-1


11′ [1 – 0] S.W. Phillips

57′ [1 – 1] R. Fuller

BEST ODDS for 1 -1.5 AH –2.35 from XXX 365


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