MAN CITY VS STOKE CITY
ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV,
TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,
DE BRUYNE, NASRI,
ARNAUTOVIC, AFELLAY, SHAQIRI,
MUNIESA, WOLLSCHEID, SHAWCROSS, BARDSLEY,
Manchester City's Barclays Premier League challenge faltered at Newcastle on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero scored a controversial opener he appeared offside but conceded an equaliser, by Vurnon Anita, and are now 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with four games and 12 points
available left to play.
However, Stoke City arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose their last two games while conceding eight goals, including last Monday's 4-0 home thrashing by title-chasing Tottenham.
And away from home they have scored just 18 goals. However, when they met City in December at the Britannia Stadium they won 2-0 with a brace from Marko Arnautovic, a win sufficient to topple Manuel Pellegrini's men off the top of the Premier League.
It was the first time Stoke had scored more than one goal in a Premier League game against City. However, last season, Stoke won 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium with a goal from Mame Diouf.
That shock win ended a run of six Premier League visits without a win or a goal. In those previous six visits, Stoke had conceded 15 goals, including three on four occasions.
City's home record is not as impressive as in recent campaigns. They have lost five games, more than at any time since the 2008-09 campaign (six), with two to go there. But they have scored 41 home goals, the most in the Premier League.
The home side recalled Vincent Kompany at Newcastle while Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna undergo tests for this game and ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Stoke, meanwhile, miss Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and Marc Wilson through injury while Erik Pieters serves the second of a two-game ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.