Stoke City host Manchester City at the Britannia as Pep Guardiola looks set for his first real test in the Premier League on Saturday (20 August).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 12.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10.30pm BST on BBC One.


Stoke will be looking for their first win after sharing points against newly promoted Middlesbrough in a tightly fought affair. Alvaro Negredo scored the opening goal for the hosts, which was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri's 67<sup>th minute strike. They have a hard run of fixtures ahead starting against City, with Everton and Tottenham Hotspur lined up next.

However, the Potters have been notorious for taking points from big teams last season and will be fancying their chances against Guardiola's men, who come into the game on the back of a mid-week fixture against Steaua Bucuresti. Their transfer spend has not been the best this season but they have made a big money signing of Joe Allen from Liverpool while Ramadan Sobhi and Ryan Sweeney are the other two names on the squad list.

Meanwhile, City, fresh from their 5-0 thrashing of Bucuresti, will be looking to build on their win over Sunderland in their first game. The Citizens have all but confirmed qualification into next season's Champions League and Guardiola will be looking to build an early season lead at the top, especially with the other challengers also getting their season under track with a win.

All eyes will be on Sergio Aguero, who scored a hattrick against Bucuresti despite missing two penalties and will be the chief weapon should City have to get the better of Stoke. Joe Hart is another player who will be in the limelight ahead of his prospective departure from the Etihad and City's reported interest in Barcelona stopper Claudio Bravo.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero netted after just four minutes against Sunderland Getty Images

What Managers Say

Phil Hughes: "[on Hart] I don't want to debate people's situations at their club, or maybe a situation that's been on-going for not just the last couple of weeks. From the outside, it seems the decision was made a long time ago and I'm sure they had discussions on all aspects of their team moving forward. It (distribution) is an important factor, but you have to keep the ball out of the back of the net as well and that's quite important when you're talking about the goalkeeping position. Ideally, you'd like a goalkeeper who's comfortable with the ball at his feet and can instigate attacking moves."

Pep Guardiola: "[Onn Gabriel Jesus] He is little bit like Kelechi (Iheanacho), Sergio (Aguero)," he said. "When the ball is there, it's a goal. He as the sense of goal. So we buy goals. Jesus has been dubbed the 'new Neymar' in his homeland — but Guardiola insists he will not be burdened by the pressure of having to live up to such high expectations. I hear most of the players are the new Messi," he said. "I know it doesn't help him. Neymar is already a player. For Jesus, it's the first time he goes to Europe. But here is going to find a good environment, quiet, to work every day, it will not be a problems. We will be there to help him. If he wants to be helped, we are going to help him."

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Stoke City win: 6/10
  • Draw: 29/10
  • Manchester City Win: 9/2

Team News

Stoke City

Possible XI: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Imbula, Allen, Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic; Diouf

Manchester City

Possible XI: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito; Aguero