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Sterling and Fernandinho back for City

City make eight changes from last week’s 2-1 home loss to FC Basel for this evening’s trip to Stoke.

Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling make welcome returns from injury as the Blues look to restore a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Starting XI

Ederson, Walker, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Gundogan, Laporte, Bernardo, Toure

Tactics

The Blues will go 4-3-3 (plus variants as the game progresses) with the youthful forward line of Leroy Sane, Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

The midfield trio of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva reunite with the central defensive pairing of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi playing alongside each other in what is an unbeaten combination this campaign.

 

SIX APPEAL: Leroy Sane wheels away in triumph after his goal made it 6-2

Highlights

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Stoke line-up

Blues look for sweet 16 again

City go to relegation-threatened Stoke looking to gain the three points that will edge the Premier League title closer to the Etihad.

A win at the bet365 and away to Everton would set up an incredible Manchester derby where the Blues could be crowned champions with a win over United.

It’s a scenario that is very much on the cards as things stand, though there are plenty of blanks still to be filled in-between.

 

WELCOME BACK: Pep and Raheem

 

Stats and facts

City are chasing a first league double since 1999 when the Potters and Blues were in Division Two. City won 1-0 at Stoke and then 2-1 at Maine Road.

While Stoke have won just one of their last 10 games, they’ve lost just once under new manager Paul Lambert in six matches.

The Blues hit a season-high 7-2 in the first meeting between the clubs earlier this campaign.

 

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SIX OF THE BEST: Leroy Sane wheels away in triumph after making it 6-2

Ahead of City's trip to Stoke we take a look at four topics for discussion, including squad selection, motivation and THAT performance at the Etihad Stadium...

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