first_img 1 1 GoalkeeperJoe Hart was unlucky with Hull’s goal on Saturday, but will retain his place between the sticks.DefencePablo Zabaleta should retain his place after returning on the weekend and Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to captain Vincent Kompany to help restore solidity at the back.Martin Demichelis should partner the Belgian, however Eliaquim Mangala could come in to combat the pace of Mame Biram Diouf.MidfieldWith Toure still absent, Fernando and Fernandinho should continue in the middle of the park, although Frank Lampard will be pushing for a start given City’s lack of goals.James Milner’s equaliser on Saturday should see the Englishman come into the starting XI and his work rate, especially defensively, will be crucial against a tough Stoke side.David Silva and Samir Nasri will be tasked with finding space and picking out the decisive final ball for City’s attackers.AttackSergio Aguero has lacked sharpness since his return from injury, but when fully fit the Argentine is the best forward in the Premier League.Depending how City line-up, Dzeko may have to start from the bench, and the pressure is on the Bosnian with Bony set to arrive at the Etihad by the end of the week.Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Stoke? Comment below… Manchester City travel to Stoke on Wednesday evening desperate to end a run of lacklustre form that has seen them lose ground on Chelsea in the title race. Manchester City travel to Stoke on Wednesday evening desperate to end a run of lacklustre form that has seen them lose ground on Chelsea in the title race.James Milner’s injury-time free-kick rescued a point at home to Hull City on Saturday, but the result leaves City seven points off the top and they can ill-afford any more dropped points.The champions will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, who are yet to return following their success with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.And Toure’s presence has been keenly felt – City have not won in the league without their influential midfielder, stretching six games.Will Edin Dzeko get one more chance to deliver before Bony’s arrival? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Man City line-up against Stoke:last_img

Predicted Man City line-up v Stoke City – title-winning team?

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