Stoke v Man City
By BBC Sport
Updated Monday, 15th February 2010
Stoke's Matthew Etherington is out after suffering suspected medial ligament damage in Sunday's FA Cup tie against Manchester City.Liam Lawrence and Andy Wilkinson will be assessed after picking up injuries.
Manchester City again expect be without Carlos Tevez, who has travelled to Argentina for family reasons.
Craig Bellamy (knee) and Vincent Kompany (groin) are unlikely to play, while Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland and Martin Petrov are doubtful.
Stoke (from): Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Wilkinson, Amdy Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Sidibe, Whitehead, Delap, Diao, Kitson, Beattie, Fuller, Tuncay, Pugh, Whelan, Simonsen, Begovic.
Doubtful: Abdoulaye Faye (back), Lawrence & Wilkinson (knocks)
Injured: Etherington (knee)
Man City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Toure, Lescott, Kompany, Boyata, Garrido, Sylvinho, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Barry, De Jong, Petrov, Ibrahim, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Bellamy.
Doubtful: Bellamy (knee), Kompany (groin), Ireland, Petrov & Wright-Phillips (knocks), Richards (calf)
Injured: M. Johnson (knee)
If familiarity breeds contempt, these two sides will be sick of the sight of each other by the end of the month.
The spirit in our team gets stronger and stronger - when you are unbeaten in eight games, confidence is high
Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe
This will be their third meeting in under eight weeks, with another encounter to follow on Wednesday week, when the teams contest an FA Cup fifth-round replay.
Roberto Mancini's reign as Manchester City boss began with a comfortable win in the reverse league fixture on Boxing Day. But Sunday's Cup tie at Eastlands saw the Potters earn a deserved draw, suggesting City have made only limited progress under their new manager.
Mancini's record to date seems no better than that of predecessor Mark Hughes. The Italian has yet to cure City's defensive frailties, and defeats at Hull, Everton and Manchester United suggest his side are vulnerable away from home.
The trip to Stoke therefore looks a litmus test of their Champions League ambitions. If City, who are likely to be without key trio Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy and Vincent Kompany, can rule the Britannia it would send a real signal of intent to Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
But the Potters will feel Ricardo Fuller's equaliser at Eastlands means they have the momentum going into this match. They are unbeaten in eight league and cup games in 2010.
• Manchester City have won five of their last six league games against Stoke. The exception was a 1-0 loss at the Britannia last season.
• The last time the visitors won at the Britannia, in January 1999, the sides were playing in the third tier of English football. Shaun Goater started for Manchester City, but Gerard Wiekens got the only goal.
• It is 28 years and 15 games since the last league draw between these sides.
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• The Potters have lost just one of their last 10 league and cup games at home.
• Stoke are unbeaten in eight league and cup matches in 2010. Their last defeat was 1-0 at home to Birmingham on 28 December.
• Only Portsmouth and Wolves have scored fewer than Stoke's 23 league goals this season.
• Roberto Mancini has lost three of his 12 games in charge (all competitions).
• Mark Hughes had lost two out of 21 games this season at the time of his sacking in December.
• Emmanuel Adebayor has netted in his last three league games, having scored only two goals in the previous four months.
Fuller: 6 goals (1 league); Etherington: 5 goals (3 league)
Tevez: 19 goals (13 league); Adebayor: 9 goals (9 league)
Referee: Alan Wiley
Assistant referees: Andy Garratt & Trevor Massey
Fourth official: Mike Dean
LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS
Stoke (D1-1 v Wigan, a): Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Delap (Fuller 60), Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Sanli (Lawrence 88), Sidibe (Beattie 88).
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Pugh, Diao, Collins.
Man City (W2-0 v Bolton, h): Given, Zabaleta, Toure (Lescott 55), Kompany, Bridge (Wright-Phillips 68), De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Adam Johnson (Sylvinho 84), Tevez, Adebayor.
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Onuoha, Ireland, Petrov.
MOST RECENT MEETING
Man City 1-1 Stoke
Man City scorer: Wright-Phillips 11
Stoke scorer: Fuller 57
Source: BBC Sport