UK time is: 05:40:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Manchester City vs. Stoke City

Britannia Stadium

Saturday 31st January 2009

12.45pm

On Sky

MCFC v Stoke

Manchester City have been in the papers for all the wrong reasons.

While City are fighting a losing battle in the press, Stoke fight a losing battle to stay in the top flight.

Vital Quotes:

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes stated: 'Our away form is not as good as our home form, which you can reasonably expect, but we should have picked up more points on our travels given the games we have played.

'We have to look to be positive against Stoke, it's going to be difficult because they have a real, physical presence.

'But we can cause problems in different ways with our movement and technical ability so we're hopeful we can cause Stoke problems, and get on the track of winning away games in the league.'

Tony Pulis said of Manchester City and the game: 'They've got some top players and it's brilliant for us as a football club to be playing against these teams.

'If we're not on our game, then we know we can get punished, but if we are on it and we play together then we can get results off anyone.'

Manchester City Team News:

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Pablo Zabaleta hope to shake off midweek knocks while Manchester City are without suspended skipper Richard Dunne who serves a four match ban.

Player to watch: Rory Delap

Delap is a former schoolboy javelin champion and his throw-ins will be difficult to cope with for a Manchester City defence that doesn't fair well in set pieces.

Stoke City Team News:

Tony Pulis desperately needs to end Stoke's slide and could throw Ricardo Fuller back into the frey following a subsitute appearance against fellow relegation stugglers Tottenham after his recent ban for slapping team-mate Andy Griffin.

Andy Wilkinson is expercted to be replaced by Andy Griffin at right-back, while Abdoulaye Faye is a doubt after contracting the flu.

Player to watch: Robinho

After his hattrick heroics in the previous Stoke clash, Robinho will be hoping to hit the headlines again with a more cheerful tone than those of this week.

Match Facts & Stats

Stoke have not won in nine league matches.

Stephen 'Superman' Ireland will be making his 100th start for Manchester City.

Ref Watch:

48 yellow cards in 15 matches for referee Martin Atkinson and no red cards. Lets hope he can continue his red card count for another game.

Match Prediction:

I expect a closely fought game with Stoke fighting for their lives. Manchester City's recent form has been churning out results and I think that the long awaited consistency will continue. MCFC 1-0 Stoke

Next Fixtures:

Middlesbrough at home on Saturday 7th February with a 12.45pm kick off.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 5:49PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Jovetic Takes Chance To Impress (Monday July 28 2014)

City Not Feeling Charitable (Sunday July 27 2014)

City Win Meeting Of Champions (Thursday July 24 2014)

Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)

U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)

City Head Out For US Tour (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Buzz Lightyear 222
2. Bluedub 137
3. fifthcolumnblue 99
4. kennyclementstache 83
5. Skoorb 82
6. citizhun 80
7. rojo2010 69
8. Spooks 57
9. BamaEngineer 52
10. johnkelv 45

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

And Slowly They Arrive Back
Chelsea : 28/07/2014 17:32:00
Granero Joins Real Sociedad
Q.P.R. : 28/07/2014 17:20:00
Moyes Linked with Hammers Job!
West Ham : 28/07/2014 17:10:00
Could Hooper be the Man?
West Ham : 28/07/2014 17:04:00
Hammers Show Campbell Interest!
West Ham : 28/07/2014 16:55:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Year?
Suggested By:  Site Staff
David Silva 9%
Pablo Zabaleta 42%
Edin Dzeko 5%
Yaya Toure 44%