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Opta Stats: Manchester City v Stoke

Will it be a thumbs up from Pep Guardiola when Manchester City play Stoke?
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Can Manchester City remain on top of the Premier League with a win over Stoke? Opta has the answers.

"Stoke have lost 15 of their last 16 away top-flight matches (D1) against teams who’ve started that day in top spot – their last away win against a side top of the league came in April 1972 against Manchester City under Tony Waddington."

Manchester City are [2.08] to win both halves.

Manchester City have kept a shutout in eight of their nine Premier League home matches against Stoke (W7 D1 L1) - only against Aston Villa (9) have they kept more clean sheets on home soil. They are [1.96] to win to nil.

The Citizens are currently unbeaten in their last 19 home games in all competitions (W13 D6 L0), their longest run without defeat since January 2012 (30 games). Manchester City are [1.16] to win.

Manchester City have won their last two home games in the Premier League each by a 5-0 scoreline - the only other Premier League side to record three consecutive home wins each by a five or more goal margin were Chelsea in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti. They are [1.52] to win half-time/full-time.

Manchester City currently have a goal difference of +20 after seven games - only one team in Premier League history has bettered this after seven games; Chelsea in 2010-11 (+21). Over 3.5 goals is [1.88].

Manchester City have allowed their opponents just 45 shots in seven games this season, with only 25 of these coming from open play - both league-lows. Under 2.5 goals is [3.5].

Stoke have lost 15 of their last 16 away top-flight matches (D1) against teams who've started that day in top spot - their last away win against a side top of the league came in April 1972 against Manchester City under Tony Waddington. Manchester City are [2.08] to win both halves.

Only one goalkeeper has conceded fewer goals in his first seven Premier League starts than Ederson (2) - Petr Cech, who conceded once. Manchester City are [1.95] to keep a clean sheet.

Peter Crouch (aged 36 years & 243 days when he netted vs Southampton) is the oldest English striker to score in a Premier League game since Kevin Phillips (37 years & 250 days) for Birmingham versus Bolton in April 2011. Crouch is [5.5] to score.

Raheem Sterling has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances. The England winger has scored his five goals from just seven shots on target in the Premier League in 2017-18. Sterling is [2.38] to find the net.

Dan Fitch 2017/18 Season P/L

Staked: 45 pts
Returned: 41.09 pts
P/L: -3.91 pts

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