Probable Lineups

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Rory Delap Out
Marc Wilson Out
Andy Wilkinson Doubtful
Player Reason Status
Maicon Out
Micah Richards Out
Pablo Zabaleta Doubtful
Abdul Razak Out
Kolo Touré Out
Yaya Touré Out

Team News

  • Stoke will field a strong team for the visit of Manchester City, having put out the vast majority of their first team to beat Crystal Palace in their 3rd round replay.
  • The main question mark hangs over the fitness of Andy Wilkinson who has a back injury and was subbed off against Palace. Dean Whitehead filled in there against Swansea and may be asked to do so again.
  • Thomas Sorensen should play in goal, preferred over Asmir Begovic in cup competitions so far this season.
  • Pablo Zabaleta is expected to recover from an ankle sprain in time for this game to play at right-back with Maicon and Richards both ruled out.
  • Even though the Premier League remains City's priority, they will field a strong team here as they will want to go all the way in the FA Cup as well.
  • The Toure brothers are away at AFCON and are thus unavailable.

Prediction

  • The Brittania is always a tough place to go, particularly for the big teams, as the home crowd and players seem to raise their levels for the bigger games.
  • While City tend to dominate at home to Stoke - winning each of the last four without conceding - there is a quite different trend between these teams at Stoke, with each of the last 5 such meetings ending in a 1-1 scoreline (after 90 minuties, with Stoke winning the only cup game 3-1 in extra time).
  • Stoke have gone ahead in 4 of those 5 games before conceding an equaliser, and while it would seem outrageous for a 1-1 to occur for a sixth time, these games tend to follow a pattern and could do so again.
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