A Grand Record
Stoke host Manchester City this weekend with an enviable home record against the two-time Premier League Champions.
The Potters lost just once at the Britannia Stadium since promotion to the top flight in 2008 and will hope this summer’s stadium name change doesn’t alter their form.
Last season’s victory was arguably the greatest team performance the ground has ever seen from a team in red and white and was Stoke’s second win against Man City in eight league matches.
The Citizens have won just the once in those eight matches- a 4-1 win in 2015- and clearly dread a visit to Staffordshire.
Pep Guardiola’s first away match in charge of his new side saw them win 5-0 in Romania and Stoke will be wary of a team who produced an excellent display on Tuesday.
But history is on Stoke’s side, and a sixth Premier League home draw against Man City would kick off life at the bet365 very nicely.
How about Manchester City’s record at other Premier League grounds in the last eight seasons though? Well, Stoke’s record looks pretty good in comparison to most of their main rivals.
City have the better of their Manchester rivals United in three of their previous eight visits- including that incredible 6-1 thumping. They’ve also won three times at Tottenham in that time, winning 5-1 on two separate occasions.
They have, however, failed to win at Liverpool. In fact, Man City have won just once at Anfield in the Premier League era- it’s a real bogey ground for them.
Whilst Stoke may not be able to boast as many victories as the more established sides, Man City have managed two victories at Stamford Bridge and a single victory at Arsenal during the eight seasons.
Here’s a full record of the ‘big five’ on their own patch against Manchester City, compared against Stoke’s.
Can Stoke continue their impressive form on Saturday? Only time will tell, but I see no reason why we can’t extend our unbeaten start to the season to two games.
Tags: Manchester City
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