Stoke City host Manchester City at The Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Mark Hughes' side will be looking for their third Premier League victory on the bounce whilst his former side will be looking to pick up their first ever Premier League win in The Potteries.

Since Stoke's opening day defeat to Liverpool, The Potters have taken maximum points from Crystal Palace and West Ham as well as booking their place in the third round of the League Cup. These three wins in eight days have changed many Stoke fans' opinion of Mark Hughes as he slowly begins to mould Stoke into a football playing side.

Manuel Pellegrini's side also boast two wins and a loss from their opening fixtures with newly promoted Cardiff the only team to overcome the team that the new Manchester City manager has formed.

Both Mark Hughes and Stephen Ireland have history at Manchester City and both will be wanting to leave a lasting impression on their former employers.

The last four league meetings between the sides at The Britannia Stadium have ended in 1-1 draws, with Javi Garcia earning a point for the visitors after Peter Crouch's opener in the most recent clash there in September last year.

Team news

Hughes has a fully fit squad available, with former Man City man Stephen Ireland and fellow deadline day signing Marko Arnautovic both in line to make their Potters' debut.

Pellegrini will again be without captain Vincent Kompany, who is recovering from a groin injury, while new signing Martin Demichelis is expected to be out for around another month with a knee problem and Micah Richards sits out with a hamstring complaint.

Midfielder David Silva is also a doubt after suffering a minor thigh strain while on international duty with Spain.

Stats

Stoke have not won back to back Premier League games at home since the end of November 2012.

Since the start of 2012-13, no side have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Manchester City, with 20.

Stephen Ireland's best Premier League season (nine goals and nine assists for Man City in 2008-09) came in Mark Hughes' full season in charge of the club.

When Hughes was Blackburn manager, he won four and lost none of eight meetings with City.


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